Wednesday, May 15, 2019
by Sister Francis Bangert
“Behold, I make all things new.” These words from the Book of Revelation carry a message of promise that is uplifting and hope-filled for every season of life’s journey, especially in times of challenge. Like the early Christians who faithfully strove to proclaim the Good News of the Risen Jesus amid threats of persecution and death, thus revolutionizing the status quo, we, too, struggle with change. We may not be asked to give our life in that same way. Yet the abrupt loss of a job, chronic pain, the diagnosis of a terminal illness, or deep depression don’t seem like ways of making life new. It is with Easter faith that we can look beyond pain to new life.
Fr. Ron Rolheiser, president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas, and prolific writer and speaker, having had two bouts with cancer, has written “In Exile: A Different Kind of Bucket List” how he has chosen to live as a thriver of cancer, not just a survivor.
What challenge is life presenting to me at this time? How can I look beyond its pain to new life?
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Thank you, Sr. Fran, your reflection touched my heart. Making everything new, wow, that is such a hopeful message and applies to our relationship with Jesus, ourselves and others.
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