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Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
August 5, 2018
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ

Endlessly Softly

Jesus replied, “It was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.” God sends the manna, God sends Jesus, the true manna. God holds it all in his kindly hands.

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

A Primal Under-standing of the Eucharist

Jesus didn’t ask his disciples to understand what they were doing, he only asked them to faithfully celebrate it until he returned. Their understanding of what they were doing in celebrating the Eucharist only developed as they grew in their faith.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

Fed by the Lord

Who would not want to be among those who got to taste that honey-sweet manna? Who would not want to have been one of the people hand-fed by the Lord?

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

Becoming Providers

All of us are in a desert, so to speak, suffering from spiritual hunger. So great is this hunger that we long for the ‘good old days’ of innocence, when life seemed simple and all our needs were satisfied.

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

A Sense of the Sacred

The Israelites grumbled about the lack of food in the desert. They remembered their abundant pots of animal flesh in Egypt when they were captives.

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A Poem to
Sit With


J. Janda


toward truth
or the lie
for life
or death
is a choice

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