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When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side. A scribe approached and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But Jesus answered him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.”

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There is a story in the book of Elizabeth Brenner, entitled Winning by Letting Go. Brenner explains how people in India catch monkeys – and catch them alive.

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They could have simply abandoned us when we were young, helpless, and unproductive… but they didn’t. Despite the burdens and costs of raising children, our parents committed to loving us and taking care of our needs. When our careless words, our stubbornness, and our unreasonable demands hurt them, they chose to suffer in silence. They could have simply stopped loving us when we were “unlovable”… but they didn’t.

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IN all masses from June 21 to June 29, a prayer is now being read asking God to bless the nation’s leaders with “true love for the poor,” with “passion for truth,” with “sincere generosity and courageous simplicity of lifestyle,” with “spirit of heroic sacrifice,” and true reverence for human life and unheeding opposition to the culture of death.”

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When the days for his being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.

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Years after my sister separated from her husband, she got involved with another man. According to my sister he was a widow, with kids. My sister accepted him. Their relationship seemed serious and the guy even gave her a ring.

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