Author: Sister Therese Ann Rich

Where Two or Three Are Gathered

Imagine sitting at the dinner table when two family members are not speaking to one another. Tension fills everyone at the table and can even make eating difficult. How courageous and risky it is for someone to speak up to resolve the tension. How disruptive it is for the family not to address the tension! […]

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We Must Lose Our Life

Today’s Gospel continues straight on from last week’s and shows how fleeting the disciples’ understanding was. Last week, they heard Peter identify Him as the Son of God – this week, they hear Jesus call Peter “Satan”. What is going on? The problem lies in Peter’s understanding of what being the Messiah – the Son […]

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Who Do You Say I Am?

The two questions that Jesus poses to His disciples today – “Who do people say I am?” and “Who do you say I am?” are questions that every disciples has to face at some time in their lives. They may be questions that we have to keep returning to as we learn more – and […]

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The Persistent Mother

I struggle with the story of Jesus encountering the Canaanite woman. I don’t know if it’s the lack of compassion in Jesus’ voice or the exploitation of power or the tone of condescension, but if this were the only story I knew of Jesus I’d be turned off. When the Canaanite woman calls to Jesus, […]

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“I’ll Have Some of That”

My mother is ninety three and her mind has receded into the murkiness of dementia. There are days when she does not know us, cannot dress herself nor carry on a conversation. Yet, when we open up a box of her favorite chocolate candy, she opens her hand, palm up and says, “I’ll have some.” […]

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