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pt. 2 of a letter to a person who is suffering…

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There is a lot of suffering in peoples’ lives.

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In the shadow of the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada a week ago today, it may seem callous to sit down over this weekend with family and friends to a sumptuous meal in thanksgiving for the many blessings of this life. What right do we have to relish the gifts we enjoy when there is so much suffering so fresh upon the land?

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Richard Rohr: If holy affirming is first of all life, then the holy denying is almost inevitable, otherwise we would idolize the holy affirming. It keeps everything flowing. We can’t have it forever. Everything passes away. This everything that passes away is also reborn in God.

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In his novel The Shack William Paul Young struggles with the human experience of tragedy.

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The process of forgiveness is the process of letting go.

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I am not sure my faith is as big as Victor Lee Austin, Leonard Cohen, the author of the “Book of Job,” the prophet Jeremiah, the apostle Paul, Jean Pierre de Caussade, or even Terrence Malick.

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For the person who is in pain:

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In preparation for Pentecost this coming Sunday, I looked back thirteen years and revisited a Pentecost sermon I delivered on 8 June 2003.

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Further texts and reflections on: Tenderness – Gentleness – Mercy – Compassion

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