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What will not kill you

Faith & Inspiration | We can survive suffering but not sin
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 10/11/16, 07:36 pm

My grandfather couldn’t afford private school for all five children so he bartered with Mount Saint Charles Academy to deliver free bottled water from his spring in exchange for enrolling my father. The only problem was that my father was fresh out of the second grade, and classes at the school began in the fifth grade. My dad scraped by with a charitable 61 average the first year, flunked and was held back the second year, and did fine the third year. “How were things in the school yard with all those older kids?” I asked. “Oh, I got by,” he said, brushing off the question.

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Close encounters of the prayer kind

Faith & Inspiration | You never know where you may have an opportunity to share Jesus with another
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 10/06/16, 04:10 pm

One of my hobbies is going to the dentist. It’s not much fun, and it’s kind of expensive, but nothing is perfect in this life.

One day recently, as I sat in the dentist chair staring at the second hand of the large clock on the wall, I could hear, in that unique working-class South Philadelphia accent that pierces high-pitched Torquemada dentist drill sounds, the woman in the next cubicle sharing with a way-too-young-sounding postulant a sad autobiography, mediated through the prism of her dental history.

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Forgive those debtors

Faith & Inspiration | And don’t let past interactions freeze your opinions about others
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 9/30/16, 01:00 am

In church I happened to sit down behind a woman who doesn’t like me. She used to, but then we disagreed in a Sunday school class and her countenance has changed ever since. It occurred to me during the opening hymn that halfway through the service there was a 50/50 chance we would have to interact at the greeting time. Of course it was possible that she would chat with the person in front of her and we would both be spared the encounter.

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