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Thirty-Second Sunday
of Ordinary Time
November 11, 2018
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ


The widow trusted in God’s goodness even in the face of impending death. She instinctively responded by releasing her own control of things. This is the root meaning of trust.

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

Our Attitude Towards Wealth

Underlying everything else, we must always keep in mind Jesus' warning that the possession of wealth is dangerous, that it is hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump


The first thing to notice about her is that she wasn’t striving for honor, as the scribes were. Although Jesus noticed her, she wasn’t trying to get noticed.

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

Teaching Us Charity

The poor are more generous than others. Jesus made it very clear that “this poor widow contributed more than all the others who donated to the treasury.” Recent studies in the United States reveal the same phenomenon.

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

Courageous Christians

Compare Christ’s sacrifice with those of the two widows, the one in the First Reading and the other in the Gospel.

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A Poem to
Sit With


they have lived as animals

they must die as angels

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