Here is your weekly dose of Friday Focus, a list of what I’m reading, listening to, watching or pondering.
What I’m reading – The Christian and Anxiety, Hans Urs von Balthasar. Since my days in graduate school theology, I have been a devout reader of von Balthasar. Though written in 2000, I somehow missed this very appropriate book (at least for me and my profession). Half way through, I can’t say that I’m reading it as much as praying with it. Von Balthasar does not offer a ready-made response, but takes us on a journey through the cross and the freedom from fear given to us by the gift of grace.
What I’m praying with – Though I began yesterday, I am praying The Novena for Marriage and Family from the Pray More Novenas.com blog. This just seems so appropriate as a marriage counselor, a married man, a father with two married daughters, the struggling marriages and families all over the world and wounds and brokenness of the family of the church. Join me won’t you?
What I’m experimenting with – At the recommendation of my chiropractor, I am using the Confidence Fitness Full Body Vibration Platform. The claims on vibration platforms is that they: increase muscle strength, improves circulation, improves general fitness, and increases bone density. All I can say is that after 5 weeks of use, I feel more energized, my blood pressure has lowered and my back and ankle pain are all but gone. Yes, there may be some other factors involved in my success and 5 weeks is too early for any conclusive proclamations.
Quote I’m pondering – “The moral catastrophe (on the new revelations of priestly abuse and cover-up by bishops) demands public and sincere lamentation form every segment of the Body of Christ, and only then can the deep healing begin.” Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM. (I am reminded of the Prophet Isaiah who boldly lamented:” Woe is me, I am doomed. For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips…” Is. 6:5)
Listen in – On Thursday nights from 8-9 PM (cst) I host a program, ‘Brokenhearted’ on Radio Maria.us. You can stream it live if you can’t get it over the airwaves. You can also go to Radio Maria and listen to previously recorded broadcasts of the program.
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Have a wonderful weekend!
Peace and all good
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