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By Father Richard G. Malloy, SJ

TO GET TO MY MISSION territory, I only have to walk down the hall from where I live in a college dorm. St. Isaac Jogues had to paddle the rivers of present-day Canada and New York to get to his mission lands, but in many ways, I think it is more difficult to get into and be noticed in the territory to which I am sent: the minds, hearts, and imaginations of young adults. Overseeing university ministries at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, I and other campus ministers must search for ways to get today’s 18- to 21-yearolds’ souls open to God’s action in their lives. One canoe that may get us there is a short spiritual exercise made famous by St. Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises: the Examen.
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Father Richard G. Malloy, SJ, is vice president for mission and ministry at the University of Scranton, where he also teaches cultural anthropology. His book A Faith That Frees: Catholic Matters for the 21st Century (Orbis Books) received a “Best Presentation of the Catholic Faith” award from the Catholic Press Association.

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Martha: Martha, Mary and their brother Lazarus were evidently close friends of Jesus. He came to their home simply as a welcomed guest, rather than as one celebrating the conversion of a sinner like Zacchaeus or one unceremoniously received by a suspicious Pharisee. The sisters feel free to call on Jesus at their brother’s death, even though a return to Judea at that time seems almost certain death. 
<p>No doubt Martha was an active sort of person. On one occasion (see Luke 10:38-42) she prepares the meal for Jesus and possibly his fellow guests and forthrightly states the obvious: All hands should pitch in to help with the dinner. </p><p>Yet, as biblical scholar Father John McKenzie points out, she need not be rated as an “unrecollected activist.” The evangelist is emphasizing what our Lord said on several occasions about the primacy of the spiritual: “...[D]o not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear…. But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:25b, 33a); “One does not live by bread alone” (Luke 4:4b); “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness…” (Matthew 5:6a). </p><p>Martha’s great glory is her simple and strong statement of faith in Jesus after her brother’s death. “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world’” (John 11:25-27).</p> American Catholic Blog Anger and inconsistency feed each other. Anger in a parent can lead to erratic discipline, and erratic discipline promotes anger and frustration. Good parents work hard to discipline with a level head. The best parents though, even after many years or many kids, are still working on the level-headed part.

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