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November 15, 2015: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Sisters of Providence motherhouse grounds at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods offer space for spiritual respite and renewal this fall during Woodscape: A Week at the Woods Retreat to be held from Nov. 8-13.Jesus said to his disciples:
“In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

“And then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in the clouds’ with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.

“Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.
In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates.
Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

“But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mark 13: 24-32)


Jesus tells his friends about the day he will come back to Earth, although we do not know when that will be. We have the word of Jesus that there is nothing that can ever separate us from the love of God. What are some of the ways you experience God now? God comes to us in so many different ways – through our family, our friends, when we pray or see something beautiful in our universe. All are given to us as gift, to help us know God better.


Reflect on people you love and care about. Most likely they are always there for you. Look at the beauty of the Earth in all its glory. Each season year after year brings it’s own specialness. All teach us of God’s faithfulness and love. How do I show my faithfulness to those whom I love and who love me?

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Connie Schnapf

Providence Associate Connie Schnapf is a wife, mother and grandmother. She worked for nearly 30 years as a parish director of religious education. She currently works part time at WNIN Public Radio and TV as their receptionist and continues to offer spiritual direction to others. Connie and her husband live in Newburgh, Indiana.

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