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Sunday, April 15, 2012
Here are some more questions for this Sunday's Gospel
What doubts will you, with Thomas, bring to the Lord this Sunday?
What keeps you from believing?
What kind of proof do you look for? wait for?
What needs affirmation and confirmation
in your believer's mind and heart?
Jesus told us that we are blessed because we believe without seeing. Faith is such a gift and how grateful I am that I have always been surrounded by people of faith.
I love the way Jesus comes on Easter night and greets all with "Peace be to you." And He gives them the Holy Spirit and the wonderful gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and never mentions that they had abandoned Him. Then he comes back the next Sunday so that Thomas can see His wounds and He tells Thomas to go ahead and put his finger into his wounds and his hand into the wound in his side. "My Lord and My God!" is the only response Thomas can make and how we have repeated those words daily at the consecration of the Mass for so many years, yet we cannot really understand what a mystery it is for us to be able to receive Jesus in the Eucharist.
Hello, my name is Helen Rosenthal, RSCJ. Those initials stand for Religious of the Sacred Heart in Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish. Since my religious congregation began in France in 1800 and now is all over the world, we have kept the RSCJ. By now you know that I am not only known as Dr. Helen Rosenthal, but also as Sister Helen Rosenthal.
I am the oldest of four children. We were all born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. We lived in a big house with a playroom on the third floor. On Sundays we either went to my paternal grandmother's house where her six children would gather faithfully for supper or we would have my mother's father and our great aunt and uncle for a roast beef dinner at home. In summer, I would go to the lake with my Dad and I still love to swim.