Abiding Together

Heather Khym, Michelle Benzinger, Sister Miriam James Heidland

  • 35 minutes 33 seconds
    S14 E20 - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chapters 5-8)

    In this week's episode, we continue our book study on the Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Chapters 5-8. We reflect deeper on the story and how it relates to our spiritual lives. Themes such as the battle of light and darkness, jealousy and making others feel small, the power of the name of Jesus, surrender vs control and how the story of Narnia is an echo of what our hearts long for in Christ.

     

    Heather’s One Thing - Evangelization Ministry of Catholic Christian Outreach 

    Sister Miriam’s One Thing - The women from the “Undone” retreat 

    Michelle’s One Thing - The book “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson

     

    Journal Questions:

    • Who can I go to who will speak wisdom into my life?
    • Like Edmund, are there any places in my life that I feel fear when I think about God?
    • What parts of my heart have been turned to stone and need the warmth of God’s hand to bring them back to life?

     

    Discussion Questions:

    • What is one truth about God that you can see in your story?
    • Where do you need to grow into your royal identity as a daughter of God?
    • Discuss the truth about how the name of Jesus contains His presence. How could this change how you pray?
    • “He isn’t safe, but He’s good.” How have you experienced the truth of this quote?

     

    Quote to Ponder:

    “"Safe?" said Mr. Beaver ..."Who said anything about safe? Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.”” - (Mr. Beaver) C.S. Lewis - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

     

    Scripture for Lectio: 

    "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children." - Revelation 21:4-7

     

    Timestamps:

    (00:00) - Introduction

    (01:36) - Welcome

    (03:48) - Discovering the Truth

    (08:33) - The Professor

    (14:14) - Going Back into the Wardrobe

    (15:22) - The Power of Aslan

    (23:54) - Safety and Goodness

    (29:56) - One Things

    15 July 2024, 8:30 am
  • 40 minutes 15 seconds
    S14 E19 - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chapters 1-4)

    In this week's episode, we begin our book study on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chapters 1-4). We dive into the themes of this chapter such as innocence, faith, temptation, sin, and shared adventure. We hope you will continue to join us on the journey into this wonderful story, which we hope will help us reflect more deeply on our relationship with Christ, our own story of faith and redemption, and the invitation to adventure with God. 

     

    Heather’s One Thing - Her Into the Deep Playlist

    Sister Miriam’s One Thing - The song “Pieces” (the live version) by Amanda Cook 

    Michelle’s One Thing - The song “Electricity” by Ellie and Drew Holcomb 

    Other Resources Mentioned: 

     

    Journal Questions:

    • How has the enemy spoken things in my life that bring about shame?
    • What are the parts of Edmund that I see in myself? What parts of Lucy do I see?
    • What is my Turkish delight (sin or temptation) that keeps me bound?
    • Where are the places I hide from the Lord and others?

     

    Discussion Questions:

    • What stood out to you in the reading for this week?
    • Where in my life has the enemy taken a place and I need "Christmas" to come?
    • Discuss the difference of femininity between Lucy and the witch. How have different examples of femininity affected your life?
    • When we numb our heart and our identity, we numb our wonder and our inheritance. How have you seen this truth in your life?
    • Where are the places and spaces that you can find wonder that leads to God?

    Quote to Ponder:

    "And what wonderful adventures we shall have, now that we are all in it together." - (Lucy) C.S. Lewis

     

    Scripture for Lectio: 

    “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)

     

    Timestamps:

    (00:00) - Introduction

    (01:39) - Welcome

    (4:00) - History of Narnia

    (9:48) - Lucy in the Beginning

    (16:37) - Edmund in the Beginning

    (22:38) - Winter vs Christmas

    (26:00) - Living like Lucy and Learning from Edmund

    (30:21) - Final Reflections

    (33:13) - One Things

    (36:54) - Photo Challenge

    8 July 2024, 8:30 am
  • 41 minutes 42 seconds
    S14 E18 - Lessons Learned

    In this week's episode, we conclude season 14 by reflecting on what we have learned in our lives this past season. We chat about surrendering control and allowing the Holy Spirit to move in power, the need to be grateful for what we already have and the importance of being present in the present moment. We also share personal experiences of transformation and deep intimacy we have found with God, even in the midst of suffering. Thank you for an amazing season, we are truly honored to be on this journey with you. God bless!

     

    Heather’s One Thing - Her recent Healing Pilgrimage to France through Franciscan University (check out their website to join future pilgrimages) and Michelle’s Sweatshirt

    Sister Miriam’s One Thing - You :)

    Michelle’s One Thing - Her Summer Reading ListWord on Fire’s children’s books, and the book Between Brothers by Sarah Metts

     

    Announcements:

    Join us July 8-29 2024 as we re-release our book study on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis.  

    Season 15 begins September 2024 - join our email list to receive updates!

     

    Journal Questions:

    • Which episode, conversation, or theme resonated with me most this season?
    • What miracles have I been managing lately?
    • What has the process of transformation looked like in my life?
    • How do I partner with fear in my life? What freedom and goodness does the Lord offer me in those areas?

     

    Discussion Questions:

    • What does it look like to move through the power of the Holy Spirit?
    • What is God asking you to get rid of and let go of before you move into the next season of life?
    • What graces are you grateful for in this season of your life?
    • How will you cultivate intimacy with the Lord and community with others throughout the summer?

     

    Quote to Ponder:

    “Faith walks simply, childlike, between the darkness of human life and the hope of what is to come.” (Catherine Doherty)

    Scripture for Lectio: 

    “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)

     

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    27 May 2024, 8:30 am
  • 51 minutes 1 second
    S14 E17 - Worship (with Sarah Kroger)

    In this week's episode, we welcome Sarah Kroger, a GMA Dove Award®-nominated artist, songwriter, and worship leader to the podcast to speak into the beauty of worship. Sarah shares her story of becoming a worship leader, how she creates music based on the joys and sorrows from her personal life, and her passion for collaborating with others and the Holy Spirit. We also chat about spiritual dryness, cultivating peace and persisting in faith while in seasons of darkness, and the fruit that comes about from suffering. Check out Sarah’s new album, A New Reality, here!

     

    Heather’s One Thing - Pinwheel recipe and the upcoming Restore the Glory Podcast series on our four identities 

    Sister Miriam’s One Thing - CORDA (especially the Valor and Grace candle) 

    Michelle’s One Thing - The book Aslan’s Breath: Seeing the Holy Spirit in Narnia by Matthew Dickerson and her priest friends and the gift of their fatherhood

    Sarah’s One Thing - The book The Night is Normal by Dr. Alicia Britt Chole and Sourdough bread!

    Other Resources Mentioned: 

    • Check out Sarah’s website and Listen to her new album, A New Reality, on Spotify 

     

    Journal Questions:

    • What parts of my life or my faith scare me? How can I find God in those scary parts?
    • When have I experienced a dying of my childhood faith? When have I experienced a resurrection of that death? 
    • Whose suffering has borne fruit in my life?
    • How can I submit my will to God to more closely work in partnership with Him?

     

    Discussion Questions:

    • How has your practice of faith evolved throughout different seasons?
    • How are you using your gifts to glorify God? How are you withholding my gifts?
    • How can you invite the Holy Spirit into your own gifts and projects?
    • What’s your next right step in following the inspiration of the Holy Spirit?

     

    Quote to Ponder:

    “I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies. I raise a hallelujah, louder than my unbelief. I raise a hallelujah, my weapon is a melody.” (Raise A Hallelujah by Jonathan and Melissa Helser)

    Scripture for Lectio: 

    “But the hour is coming and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24)

     

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    20 May 2024, 8:30 am
  • 49 minutes 2 seconds
    S14 E16 - Mothering Our Little Places (with Brya Hanan)

    In this week's episode, we welcome Brya Hanan, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, to share how we can learn to engage as an adult with the young parts of ourselves. Brya shares her story, the trauma she experienced as a child, and how it affected not only her self-perception but also how she related to others. She reflects on her healing journey and shares practical ways you can begin your healing journey. We also chat about how our unmet needs as a child can affect us as adults, how to have compassion for ourselves in our brokenness, and why healing ourselves allows us to love those around us much more fully. 

     

    Heather’s One Thing - Her parents

    Sister Miriam’s One Thing - Lentil Curry and Naan Bread 

    Michelle’s One Thing - Her husband, Chris, and his loving support

    Brya’s One Thing - Barre Classes!

     

    Other Resources Mentioned: 

     

    Journal Questions:

    • Where do I sense deep divides within myself?
    • How do I care for others as a way of avoiding care for myself?
    • What would it look like for me to befriend my inner child?
    • What are my defense mechanisms?
    • Is it time to seek out therapy?

     

    Discussion Questions:

    • What “templates” of wounds and experiences do you find yourself living through?
    • In your healing journey, when have you experienced things getting worse before they got better? What made the change for the better?
    • What does your inner child need to hear today?
    • When do you feel dysregulated?
    • When do you feel well-regulated?

     

    Quotes to Ponder:

    “Remember, you are held safe. You are loved. You are protected. You are in communion with God and with those whom God has sent you. What is of God will last. It belongs to the eternal life. Choose it, and it will be yours.” (Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Inner Voice of Love)

     

    “The history of every human being passes through the threshold of a woman’s motherhood.” (Saint Pope JPII)

     

    Scripture for Lectio: 

     A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” (Mark 5: 24- 34)

     

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    13 May 2024, 8:30 am
  • 50 minutes 22 seconds
    S14 E15 - Life in the Power of the Holy Spirit (with Dr. Mary Healy)

    In this week's episode, we welcome Dr. Mary Healy, author, and professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, to talk about living life in the power of the Holy Spirit. Dr. Healy shares how her life was radically transformed through an encounter with the Holy Spirit and reflects on the beauty of allowing the Holy Spirit to work in her life. We also chat practically about how to live life day by day in the power of the Holy Spirit, how to learn to hear and respond to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and how we can prepare our hearts for Pentecost.

     

    Heather’s One Thing - Wild Goose Series on the Holy Spirit

    Heather’s Other One Thing - Peter and Debbie Herbeck (check out Renewal Ministries and Be Love Revolution

    Sister Miriam’s One Thing - Springtime!

    Michelle’s One Thing - Camp Chosatonga (for boys) and Camp Kahdalia (for girls) and Mission on the Mountain

    Dr. Mary Healy’s One Thing -  Blessed Elena Guerra

     

    Journal Questions:

    • When did the love of God first become real to me?
    • Have you ever experienced “white knuckle” Christianity?
    • How can I live my life in the power of the Holy Spirit?
    • What areas of my life are hardest to surrender to the Holy Spirit?
    • Where in my life have I rationed the Holy Spirit? Where am I blocking the Holy Spirit?

     

    Discussion Questions:

    • When do you feel like your failures are too much for God?
    • What has your experience been with the Holy Spirit?
    • Who in your life is filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit?
    • What sacrifices have I had to make to surrender more fully to God?

    Quote to Ponder:

    “I would sacrifice myself a thousand times if I had the lives . . . I will go and I will do as the Holy Spirit inspires me” (Catherine of Sienna)

     

    Scripture for Lectio: 

    “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.” (Acts 2:1-4)

     

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    6 May 2024, 8:30 am
  • 44 minutes 20 seconds
    S14 E14 - Leading with God-Given Authority (Part 2)

    In this week's episode, we continue our conversation about leading with our God-given authority, particularly in our spiritual or biological motherhood. We talk about how God has blessed us with the Sacraments, Scripture, and prayer to fight spiritual battles. We reflect on the importance of rooting our identity in Christ, how Our Lady modeled feminine leadership, and practical ways to do spiritual warfare. We also discuss generational bondage, repairing trust, and the power of an apology given and received. 

     

    Heather’s One Thing - Her Battle Cry playlist and her friendship with Michelle and Sister Miriam and the way they have helped her through dark seasons in life

    Sister Miriam’s One Thing - Having Heather visit and The Litany of the Waiting Woman

    Michelle’s One Thing - Bee Still a Catholic Jewelry Company

     

    Other Resources Mentioned: 

     

    Journal Questions:

    • What areas does the enemy often attack me in this area? What are my frequent sins?
    • What are the deeper longs behind my frequent sins?
    • Am I tempted to under-spiritualize or over-spiritualize the sufferings, temptations, and attacks in my life?
    • When did I last go to confession? When am I planning to go next?
    • What battles have I inherited from my family? How can I take responsibility for those battles?

     

    Discussion Questions:

    • How can you apply the invitation to worship rather than worry in your current season?
    • What are the prayers and tools God has given you out of love to help you on this journey?
    • Who has been entrusted to you? How can you pray for them and do battle?
    • Where in my life can I invite Christ’s Precious Blood into my life and family?
    • What are some of Jesus’ promises in response to the attacks you face?

     

    Quote to Ponder:

    “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” (Ephesians 6:10-18)

    Scripture for Lectio: 

    “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them” (Deuteronomy 4:9)

     

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    29 April 2024, 8:30 am
  • 34 minutes 8 seconds
    S14 E13 - Leading with God-Given Authority

    In this week's episode, we reflect on leading with our God-given authority rather than worldly influence. We discuss the importance of remembering our identity in Christ and how true authority is a display of intimacy that has been rooted in a real tangible love. We share the ways we may have been wounded by authority figures in our past, why these wounds can distort our perception of authority, and how to heal from these wounds so that we can lead others into the light of Christ.

     

    Heather’s One Thing - Chicken Khao Soi (Thai Coconut Curry Noodle Soup) from My Kitchen Little

    Sister Miriam’s On Thing - The book Litanies of the Heart by Dr Gerry Crete

    Michelle’s One Thing - Beatify: Lullabies with the Saints (an album of Catholic lullabies) from Beatify with Josh Blakesley and Kelly Lombardi

     

    Other Resources Mentioned: 

    The Restore the Glory Podcast series on Parts Work (Parts Work (Part 1) w/ Gerry Crete; Parts Work (Part 2) w/ Brya Hanan; Parts Work (Part 3) w/ Bishop Andrew Miller)

     

    Journal Questions:

    • How have I abdicated my God-given authority?
    • When do I perceive surrender to be a form of defeat?
    • How has authority been misused in my life?
    • How is God inviting me to stay with Him in faithfulness and obedience?
    • Where do I need to be both honoring and honest?

     

    Discussion Questions:

    • How often do you think God is holding out on you?
    • How do I lose sight of God-given authority by seeking out worldly influence?
    • What accountability do I need to choose surrendered, God-given authority over worldly influence?
    • When have you felt safe under God’s authority?
    • How do you need to grow and mature to better lead and serve others?

     

    Quote to Ponder:

    “The fourth commandment opens the second table of the Decalogue. It shows us the order of charity. God has willed that, after him, we should honor our parents to whom we owe life and who have handed on to us the knowledge of God. We are obliged to honor and respect all those whom God, for our good, has vested with his authority.” (CCC 2197)

    Scripture for Lectio: 

    “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” (Deuteronomy 4:9)

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    22 April 2024, 8:30 am
  • 32 minutes 19 seconds
    S14 E12 - Living in the Resurrection

    In this week's episode, we reflect on the themes of resurrection, grief, and hope in Pope Francis’ Easter Vigil homily. We chat about the sadness of unfulfilled dreams and the tender places in our hearts where we are afraid to hope and want to stay in the tomb. We also talk about the anxieties and worries that can come with trying to figure things out on our own and the importance of surrendering our plans to God. Just like Christ, we are called to walk through the sufferings of this life with Him into the Resurrection.

     

    Heather’s One Thing -  Her Easter playlist

    Heather’s Other One Thing - The book Becoming Wife: Saying Yes to More than the Dress by Rachel Bulman (or on Amazon here)

    Sister Miriam’s On Thing - The book Beloved Daughter by Carrie Daunt 

    Michelle’s One Thing - The book Befriending Your Inner Child: A Catholic Approach to Healing and Wholeness by Brya Hanan (or on Amazon here)

     

    Other Resources Mentioned: 

    The Restore the Glory Podcast series on Parts Work (Parts Work (Part 1) w/ Gerry Crete; Parts Work (Part 2) w/ Brya Hanan; Parts Work (Part 3) w/ Bishop Andrew Miller)

     

    Journal Questions:

    • What hopes have been dashed by the sorrowful mysteries of my life?
    • Where are the places that I am afraid to hope?
    • Do I believe my dreams are doomed to fail?
    • What anxieties in my heart are preventing me from hoping?

     

    Discussion Questions:

    • How are you still living in winter during the spring of Easter?
    • Do you know how to practice Resurrection?
    • In what ways do you believe your dreams rely on you for their fulfillment?
    • How do you intellectualize or explain away your dreams?

     

    Quote to Ponder:

    “Yet the same women who bore this darkness in their hearts tell us something quite extraordinary. When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. This is the Pasch of Christ, the revelation of God’s power: the victory of life over death, the triumph of light over darkness, the rebirth of hope amid the ruins of failure. It is the Lord, the God of the impossible, who rolled away the stone forever. Even now, he opens our hearts, so that hope may be born ever anew. We too, then, should “look up” to him.” (Pope Francis, Easter Vigil Homily)

     

    Scripture for Lectio: 

    “When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back.” (Mark 16:4)

     

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    15 April 2024, 8:30 am
  • 25 minutes 30 seconds
    S14 E11 - A Time of Renewal (Holy Week: Focus)

    In this week's episode, we conclude our Lenten study on the book “A Time of Renewal” and discuss the theme of “focus”. We chat about our natural temptation to focus on our woundedness, why we should take action and invite Jesus into these places, and how our wounds can be transformed into signs of the resurrection power of Christ. We also talk about the crosses we bear and the importance of recognizing the little resurrections in our life. Friends, thank you for journeying with us this Lenten season. We look forward to seeing you again after Easter!

     

    Heather’s One Thing -  Our team behind the scenes: Kate, Camille, and Kristina! We are so grateful for you

    Sister Miriam’s On Thing - Springtime!

    Michelle’s One Thing - These Easter themed charcuterie boards! Option 1 Here. Option 2 Here.

     

    Announcement(s):

    We will be taking a two week break for Easter beginning on 4/1/24! Season 14 will continue on 4/15/24!

     

    Journal Questions:

    • What was hard for me?
    • What were the graces and mercies I experienced?
    • How have I grown?
    • How can I make this week holy?
    • What wounds do I bring to Jesus? What wounds do I simply “stare at”?

     

    Discussion Questions:

    • Where in your life are you seeking glory?
    • Do I live like the Resurrection is a reality?
    • When do you lose hope?
    • Does the story you tell yourself about God align with God’s story (the Paschal Mystery)?
    • What are the places of my heart that I don’t believe the narrative (of the Paschal Mystery)?

     

    Quotes to Ponder:

    “How are wounds made glorious? By our deciding what we will do with them. Our Jesus turned his wounds into beauty, and there is not one of us who would say, “Oh, this should not be in eternity.” Our poor hearts thrill to the verity that he is always showing his wounds to the Father on our behalf. They are transformed now in glory. Likewise, there is a transformation that we too can make of our own little everyday wounds which sometimes seem so deep and so big and so insufferable to us. How do we transform them into glory? By looking at Jesus, by remembering his suffering which was turned into glory.”  (Mother Mary Francis P.C.C. A Time of Renewal. Kindle Edition. Page 207)

     

    Scripture for Lectio: 

    “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24)

     

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    25 March 2024, 8:30 am
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    S14 E10 - A Time of Renewal (Lent Week 5: Scholarship)

    In this week's episode, we continue our Lenten study on the book “A Time of Renewal” and focus on how life is a continual process of refinement and how true learning comes through the healing found in suffering and communion. We also talk about the feelings of shame that accompany situations where we fall short, the importance of recognizing our limitations in humility, and how God desires to redeem our deepest wounds to help us grow in communion and love. 

     

    Heather’s One Thing -  Sarah Kroger’s new song No Filter 

    Sister Miriam’s On Thing - Heather Khym’s Lenten Playlist (AGAIN!!)

    Michelle’s One Thing - Floret Flowers

     

    Announcement:

    We will be taking a two week break for Easter beginning on 4/1/24. Season 14 will continue on 4/15/24!

     

    Journal Questions:

    • What learning curves in my life do I react to with shame or fear?
    • Where in my life do I feel like I need to figure it out?
    • What are my most frequent complaints? How do they wound the Heart of Christ?
    • How can I honor the Lord this upcoming Holy Week?

     

    Discussion Questions:

    • What lessons are you learning this Lent?
    • What blocks and walls do you experience when learning new lessons?
    • How is the Lord inviting you to put in effort in learning the lessons of this season?
    • How can you show loving and attentive devotion to the Lord in your daily life?

     

    Quote to Ponder:

    “Let us think for a few minutes about the process of learning. All real learning requires a great effort….One could perhaps define the greatest scholars as those who have put forth the most effort with the equipment that God gave them. There is always some form of suffering in all learning because there must be patience, and patience is suffering. There is always humility in learning. It is the great scholars who realize how little they know…”

    (Mother Mary Francis P.C.C. A Time of Renewal. Kindle Edition. Page 175)

     

    Scripture for Lectio: 

    “He said to his apostles, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.”” (John 16:12)

     

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    18 March 2024, 8:30 am
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