Can we leave our comfort zone?

 
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Thursday of 5th week of Easter, based on Mark 7:24-30

From there Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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About Ms. Marlene Laurendeau, O.P.

Marlene became a Lay Dominican in the Province of St. Albert the Great, USA, and now resides part of the year in Berkeley, Calif., and Brunswick, Maine, with her husband Norm. She is a clinical social worker and a spiritual director. She practiced spiritual direction and preached at St. Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic Center at Purdue University, for three years, until her move to Maine. She is now moderator of the Lay Dominicans in Lewiston, Maine.

2 thoughts on “Can we leave our comfort zone?

  1. MARLENE, I’VE A DISABLED RIGHT ARM AND OF COURSE, I’M A “RIGHTY”. MY COMMENT IS ABOVE, A COUPLE OF MISTAKES THAT I CAN’T CORRECT…I TRIED. PLEASE ASK NORM TO BE IN CONTACT SO THAT WE, ASHRAMITES, HAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS. GRATITUDE FOR YOUR GIFT OF LIGHT ON MANY LEVELS. A TY IS LONG OVERDO. PEACE AND GRATITUDE, PAT

  2. I’VE BEEN SCRAPPING WITH JESUS THIS MORNING ABOUT MY JOURNEY IN FAITH. THANK YOU MARLEEN FOR YOUR OWN INSIGHTS AND SCRAPY SPIRIT!
    TOO LONG HAVE I WAITED FOR EITHER YOU OR NORM TO SHARE FAITH SO I COULD THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFT TO THE ASHRAM AT CHRISTMAS. WE DO NOT HAVE AN EMAIL OR HOME ADDRESS. PLEASE USE MY TO SEND ME YOURS, OK? MAT OUR FAITH TODAY PROPEL US BEYOND…TO STILL POINT… PEACE AND GRATITUDE, PAT

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