Articles Tagged ‘Divine Providence’

Book review: Why Be Afraid?

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Why Be Afraid? A Retreat by Douglas McManaman Justin Press ISBN: 978-0-9917996-6-4 102 pages, softcover $12.95 CDN Deacon Douglas McManaman is a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Toronto, ministering especially to those who suffer from mental illness. A high school teacher for twenty-five years, he teaches Religion and Philosophy to senior high school students and is currently the chaplain for the Toronto Catholic Teachers Guild. Why Be Afraid? is based on a retreat he gave. I bought this book for one of my university-aged sons who is ... (Continue reading)

Persevering through the “dark night of the soul”

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I know someone who is going through a spiritually dark time. When I think of this person, the word that comes to mind is "trial." It seems to me that God is trying this person through a series of events that give rise to many questions and doubts. What impresses me is the person's response. Amidst the person's  questions about God's silence in times of suffering, uncertainty, and confusion, a profession of faith and abandonment to God's Will always follows. ... (Continue reading)

Anything Is Possible

One day years ago, while channel surfing, I came across a news story about a woman who became a man, and had decided to have a child. Because he still had the reproductive organs of a woman, he was able to accomplish bearing a child, while looking, in every other observable way, like the masculine creation he had engineered himself to be. (Side note: it was not a pretty picture. Just from an aesthetic point of view, something about the ... (Continue reading)

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