Joseph became much more real to me when, instead of starting with the image Joseph in scripture or art, I started with thinking of Joseph in terms of our experiences of the best of human fatherhood.
As St. Vincent was becoming aware of the depth of many forms of poverty that he had not appreciated while growing up, Madame de Gondi asked Vincent. “What must be done?”
In following Jesus, the miracle worker, early Christians never imagined their lives and heritage reduced to the rubble in Roman persecution. How could they make sense of all this?
After viewing the presentation of Sr. Claire Sweeney, DC on Frederick Ozanam and Social Justice, I fantasized what he might say if he, like Pope Francis, were invited to address a joint session of Congress.
Jews asked why was the temple destroyed? Jesus was a miracle worker. How could he let this happen? How could they make sense of their suffering?