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What a Difference Three Days Makes!
By Margaret Rickers Hinchey, Englewood, CO
Can you imagine what the day after Easter must have been like for Jesus’ disciples? On Friday, they had seen Him nailed to a tree, pierced with a sword and buried in a tomb. What hope was left? The One they had trusted, followed and believed was gone, like any ordinary man! After all, if we didn’t know better, we would have thought it was a bad April Fools’ joke! But we know the...
Days of Great Significance
By Rev. Tom Zehnder, Oviedo, Florida
Shocked by the ghastly sight, the boy’s mother covered his face to spare him that horrific vision. But moving the shawl aside, he peered at the hillside hideously patterned by crosses upon which the condemned had been fastened and left to die. The boy’s steady, unflinching gaze then moved beyond all space and time to yet another cross scene:...
Healing from the Inside Out
By Sharolyn Sander, Devotional Writer, Interpretive Scripture Reader, and Outreach Coordinator for Phil’s Friends, Roselle, IL
It’s hard to find a simple explanation for healing … especially for an open wound. When the skin is torn, cut or punctured deeply, complicated bodily processes are set in motion to repair and regenerate the damaged area. The process is not only complex, but fragile. It takes a long time to heal completely....
What Are You Going to Do About It?
By Rev. Kelly Chatman, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN; Assistant to the Bishop, Minneapolis Area Synod, ELCA
When I was a young boy, I recall a bully who would stop me when I was alone and harass me. Sometimes he took my money. Sometimes he just wanted me to display fear. One thing was certain, he had power over me. On one particularly painful day, that bully stopped me when I was alone and took my baseball glove, an item...
By Ted Schroeder
As the Catholic Church busies itself with choosing a new pope, we might take inventory of the saints in our lives (or the one in our mirror).
I’ve known a few saints. Perhaps you have too. Not very many … they seem hard to come by these days.
Saints don’t necessarily have the Spirit in their hands. Busyness – even busyness at very good things – does not always mark a saint.
Saints don’t necessarily have the...