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Mt 15: 21-28

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

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Holy Boldness

Earlier this summer I heard Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, (of Nuns on the Bus fame) interviewed on the radio program On Being with Krista Tippett.  The title was ”How to be Spiritually Bold.” She talked about how the experience of the bus tour came to be, her appreciation of the community created with all kinds of people, and her desire to be inclusive of “the 100%.”  In dialogue with those we might refer to as people of means and influence, Sr. Simone discovered that “having curiosity to see [each other’s] perspective allows for finding new solutions. … How could I leave you out if I’ve heard your story?  I can’t.”

The first reading told us that Canaanites were a “fierce” people. This woman wasn’t taking “no” for an answer and her persistence probably went on for at least an hour. We don’t hear all of her story, missing details of her circumstances, the impact of daughter’s condition on their family, the other healers and remedies they had tried. The woman’s spiritual boldness expanded Jesus’ vision of his mission.  She didn’t ask for healing from a spirit of entitlement, rather a spirit of humility, faith in Jesus and a deep desire for her daughter’s healing. He couldn’t leave her out. She was bold enough to speak.  He was bold enough to listen and allow his heart and mind to be changed.

Whom do I need to speak up for today? Whom do I need to listen with an open heart and mind?

—Jenene Francis is the provincial assistant for pastoral ministries for the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin provinces of the Society of Jesus.

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Good communication helps us to grow closer, to know one another better, and ultimately to grow in unity.  The walls which divide us can be broken down only if we are prepared to listen and learn from one another.  We need to resolve our difference through forms of dialogue which help us grow in understanding and mutual respect.  A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive.

—from “Message from Pope Francis for the 48th World Communication Day,” January 24, 2014

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August 05, 2015

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Mt 15: 21-28

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

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Holy Boldness

Earlier this summer I heard Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, (of Nuns on the Bus fame) interviewed on the radio program On Being with Krista Tippett.  The title was ”How to be Spiritually Bold.” She talked about how the experience of the bus tour came to be, her appreciation of the community created with all kinds of people, and her desire to be inclusive of “the 100%.”  In dialogue with those we might refer to as people of means and influence, Sr. Simone discovered that “having curiosity to see [each other’s] perspective allows for finding new solutions. … How could I leave you out if I’ve heard your story?  I can’t.”

The first reading told us that Canaanites were a “fierce” people. This woman wasn’t taking “no” for an answer and her persistence probably went on for at least an hour. We don’t hear all of her story, missing details of her circumstances, the impact of daughter’s condition on their family, the other healers and remedies they had tried. The woman’s spiritual boldness expanded Jesus’ vision of his mission.  She didn’t ask for healing from a spirit of entitlement, rather a spirit of humility, faith in Jesus and a deep desire for her daughter’s healing. He couldn’t leave her out. She was bold enough to speak.  He was bold enough to listen and allow his heart and mind to be changed.

Whom do I need to speak up for today? Whom do I need to listen with an open heart and mind?

—Jenene Francis is the provincial assistant for pastoral ministries for the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin provinces of the Society of Jesus.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Good communication helps us to grow closer, to know one another better, and ultimately to grow in unity.  The walls which divide us can be broken down only if we are prepared to listen and learn from one another.  We need to resolve our difference through forms of dialogue which help us grow in understanding and mutual respect.  A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive.

—from “Message from Pope Francis for the 48th World Communication Day,” January 24, 2014

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The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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