Here are some people stories to read and maybe to talk about this weekend.
1. Sister Jean turned 100 this week. My friend Jeff Arnold wrote about Sister Jean, a nun from Loyola. She’s the basketball team chaplain, but has lived a century following God.
“I’ve been a joyful person all my life,” Sister Jean said Wednesday. “Sometimes, people look at me and say, ‘How can you be happy all the time?’ Well, I am happy. I try to look at the good upon everybody I see.
“Joy is so important. Sometimes you’re going to have sad days, but that doesn’t mean we’ve lost our joy. You can still have that.”
2. A few years ago, I wrote about Philip, one of the early leaders of the Church. He started as second string to Stephen (the one who was stoned), appeared in a great story about meeting a guy in the desert, and then sort of disappears. At least from 4th grade Sunday school. His story is worth reviewing, I think. The story of a dad; part one, part two, part three
3. My dad died in 2011. I just reread the eulogy I wrote. It captures him well, I think, and challenges me.Some of you haven’t been around here long and haven’t had a chance to read it. Jon’s eulogy for his dad.
4. What does it look like to study the Bible in a group as a conversation? I explored that awhile back. Here are the posts in the series”
5. And though it’s several months to Christmas, you can read Saint John of the Mall. And now is a great time to think about ordering copies for a group or church study of that book.