On Saturday, we talked a lot about the resurrection and learning to love like God (What Ignatius called the contemplatio). But I also spoke at length about the Paschal mystery. If you go through the presentation, you'll read about the Pascal mystery having five parts: Death, Resurrection, Ascension, Waiting 40 days, and Pentecost.

We each live the Paschal Mystery in our lives, sometimes going through the five steps over and over. Sometimes it takes a long time, even years. Sometimes it's short. We can even experience the Paschal Mystery all in one day! When we suffer loss, we can choose how we want to suffer, of course. Christ offers us a way to make that suffering redemptive. (2 Cor. 7:10)

Fortunately for us, our wounds can be healed and redeemed. We can learn to love like God once we embrace the methods of Jesus - the death, resurrection, Ascension, and receiving the grace of the Holy Spirit so we can go on to spread God's love.

If you want to know more, check out the presentation from the April meeting here. 

In the past 30+ years of directing the Exercises in Everyday Life I find this to be so true. For those who open themselves to God, amazing things can happen.

The Word of God is a light in the darkness: it helps us face our difficulties without fear.

Savings groups are a particularly efficient and effective solution for poor communities that can't access traditional financial institutions. My latest story from my trip with @NickKristof to the Central African Republic:

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