Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A sign of contradiction

Testimony of Catholic paraplegic helped prevent four suicides

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In much the same way that Simeon prophesied about the mission of Jesus, this woman, too, was and continues to be a sign of contradiction. Her weakness is her power. Her infirmity and death truly meant life for others. This calls to mind the words of St. Paul: "Be imitators of me as I am of Christ." And again in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10:

"And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me...for when I am weak, then I am strong."

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