Blog Posts for "Healing"

A Natural and Supernatural Resource

Lenten Weekday Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12; John 5:1-16   Both readings for Mass today speak of water that heals naturally and supernaturally.  The superabundance of water that flows from the temple in Ezekiel’s vision not only sustains the lives of God’s plants and creatures, it even makes the salt sea fresh.  The healing reputation of the waters at Bethesda draw a sick man there, yet it is his encounter with a man in the crowd, Jesus, that leads to his being able to walk.  At the entrance of our chapel at St. Clare Friary is...

A Mystery and an Answer

Monday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time 2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13; Mark 5:1-20 Shortly after I had aortic valve replacement surgery in December to address a congenital defect, my identical twin brother Chris decided to undergo comprehensive testing of his own cardiovascular system.  He recently let me know that he went through the tests with flying colors:  no evidence of any heart defects or problems.  My first reaction was:  “Praise God!  I’m glad to hear it!”   But my next reaction was, “Why me?”  I haven&rsquo...

“What Now?”

St. Wencesalaus, Martyr St. Lawrence Ruiz & Companions, Martyrs Zechariah 8:1-8; Luke 9:46-50 Pope Francis is back in Rome after his historical and energizing visit to Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia. Whether, he engaged large crowds at the U.S. Capital, the UN Headquarters, Madison Square Garden and Independence Hall or whether he was meeting with nuns, homeless men and women, school children, prisoners or abuse victims, he came before them as a pastor. The crowds, the rock star media coverage, and his inspiring messages (especially when he spoke “off script”) are now part of history....

A Healing Run

Thursday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Hebrews 3:7-14; Mark 1:40-45 This morning’s Billings Gazette reported that yesterday a group of over 100 members of the Northern Cheyenne nation, including students from St. Labre Indian School, completed the annual Fort Robinson Breakout Spiritual Run.  The 400-mile relay, which begins in Fort Robinson, Nebraska and ends in Busby, Montana commemorates the escape of members of the tribe from imprisonment and starvation by the U.S. Army in 1879.  Some of them died of exposure or hunger along the way.  Others were shot by the army.  A small group of survivors, however,...

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