Daily Archives: December 26, 2013
The Church draws her life and strength from Sacred Scripture.
Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church: SACRED SCRIPTURE IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH
 “And such is the force and power of the Word of God that it can serve the Church as her support and vigor, and the children of the Church as strength for their faith, food for the soul, and a pure and lasting fount of spiritual life.” ~ Dei Verbum  “Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation” (Second Vatican Council – Nov. 18, 1965)
Besides the presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist, there is nothing that the Church honors more reverently than Christ’s presence in Sacred Scripture. This is why, at Holy Mass, we stand to receive the Gospel.
They sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great. —Job 2:13
After 20 children and 6 staff members were murdered in a Connecticut school, the entire nation was stunned that such a horrific thing could happen. Everyone focused on the tragedy and the questions surrounding it: What kind of person would do such a thing, and why? How can we prevent it from happening again? How can we help the survivors? Amid the chaos, an unlikely group moved in and made a difference.
From Chicago came dogs— specially trained golden retrievers that offered nothing except affection. Dogs don’t speak; they simply offer their presence. Children traumatized by the violence opened up to them, expressing fears and emotions they had not spoken to any adult. Tim Hetzner of Lutheran Church Charities said, “The biggest part of their training is just learning to be quiet.”
As we learn from the book of Job, people in grief do not always need words. Sometimes they need someone to sit silently with them, to listen when they need to speak, and to hug them when their sorrow turns to sobs.
Listening may be the most loving and Christlike thing you do today. – Julie Ackerman
My “Our Daily Bread” email for December 26, 2013 – http://odb.org/