The Jesuit is a suspense-filled novel by John Gallahue. Set in the '30s, the story is about Alexander Ulanov, a Jesuit priest who receives an urgent summons to Rome. For three years he is prepared for a mystery assignment along with two other priests. Of the three, he is chosen to move into Russia to begin a mission. No one expects him to return from the calling for which he is commissioned bishop in order to create an underground church. All his superiors can tell him is, "In manu Dei sumus, -- We are in the hands of God." Alex, however, has his own plans.
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For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.