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Why must we accept suffering?

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Mon., April 7, 2014
Deacon Robert Banet

I really like St. Catherine.

Oh?  I’m glad to hear it, Charlie.

That’s St. Catherine of Siena, I mean.  I like her except when she talks about suffering and pains of all kinds.

What does she have to say about that?

She says, if you choose to love God, you have to choose to endure pain.

Choose?  I can take suffering when it comes my way but choose?  No way.  But what kind of pain is she talking about? Continue Reading…

Why does God still keep me here?

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Mar. 31, 2014
Deacon Robert Banet

What’s wrong, aunt Clara?  You look like you’ve lost your best friend.

Oh, I was just thinking.  I’m wondering — why I am still here?

Why, you know why you’re here.  You learned that in catechism class.  We’re here to love God and serve him and be happy with him forever.

Oh, I know that.  I mean why am I still here?  After Joe died and we raised the family, I wonder what I am still here for.  I’ve done my job and, well, I’m  just wondering.

I don’t know if I can help you but I have a few thoughts.

I’d be glad to hear what you have to say. Continue Reading…

God didn’t make us talking dolls

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Mon., Mar. 24, 2014
Deacon Robert Banet

You know Aunt Clara?  She’ Charlie’s  aunt.

I seem to remember. So what’s this about what she gave for Christmas?

Well, she gave her granddaughter a talking doll.

A what?

You know, a doll with a string that you pull.

And then?

And then a record inside the doll speaks to you.

And what does the doll say?

Continue Reading…