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The story of Ruth: A sunny oasis in a dark era
The story of Ruth is set during the time of the judges, one of the darkest periods in the history of Israel. It was an era when there was no king in the land and everyone did whatever they wanted, leading to a downward spiral into depravity. From a canonical standpoint, Ruth interrupts this chaotic history, quiets it, and in effect, grinds it to a halt. The cycle of sin, brutality and warfare is stopped in its tracks by the story of a young foreign widow. Click through to read more about the lasting significance of Ruth’s story.
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Identifying the negative feelings behind unresolved conflict
Conflict, when handled with emotional maturity and care, can lead you to experience connection with your spouse, instead of making you feel distanced and lonely. When we can identify our feelings – even the negative ones – and deepen our understanding of why we’re feeling it and what that feeling wants to teach us, we don’t need to be afraid of experiencing conflict.
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Jesus’ seven words from the cross: A Lenten reflection
The seven sayings of Jesus from the cross, also known as the seven last words, offer a poignant framework for our Lenten meditation. These brief statements, scattered across the passion narratives in the four Gospels, were uttered by our crucified Lord during the final hours of his earthly life. Taken together, the seven words create a moving summary of the life of Jesus – his divinity and humanity, as well as his goodness, mercy and love. As such, meditating on them is an ideal means for preparing ourselves to celebrate the glory and joy of Easter.
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