Loss. Family Faith Focus 9 November.

“Have you seen those adverts on street poles or been given leaflets at traffic lights about some forms of healing ministry that are promoted in our country these days. Is it really possible to “Bring back lost lover” with muti or other practices or is there an element of witchcraft involved there and something we Catholics should be concerned about?  Loss is a natural part of life, but a consequence of original sin one could say.  It  can cause much heartache and does need to be dealt with, but in appropriate ways.  Some of us pray to St Anthony to find things like car keys or ID books we have lost. Others go to Retrouvaille, a programme for troubled marriages hoping to “rediscover” their love that they think they may have lost. Jesus told stories of God’s care for us including for sinners. He tells of the shepherd who goes after one of the 100 who was lost and the woman who goes after one lost coin out of ten.

The woman said, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.  Just so I tell you there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  From Luke 15:3-10:    

Pope Francis.  Today our challenge is not s much atheism as the need to respond adequately to many people’s thirst for God, lest they try to satisfy it with alienating solutions or with a disembodied Jesus who demands nothing of us with regard to others.     EG 89

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