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My father always had a... -- Lamentations 3:22-33 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - B -- 1994
My father always had a good sense of humor and he always had a backyard garden, too.
She was 98 years old... -- Lamentations 3:22-33 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - B -- 1994
She was 98 years old. She was blind. She could hardly walk; her body was crippled with arthritis.
She sat in the corner... -- Lamentations 3:22-33 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - B -- 1994
She sat in the corner of the room, watching the others in the Intensive Care Family Area.
Lamentations means tears. Often we... -- Lamentations 3:22-33 -- 1991
Lamentations means "tears." Often we see tears in the church -- tears of joy, tears of sorrow, tears
The lovesick Romeo cries to... -- Lamentations 3:22-33 -- 1991
The lovesick Romeo cries to his beloved Juliet, "O swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon that m
It is a pity that... -- Lamentations 3:22-33 -- 1991
It is a pity that Lamentations is not often used in sermons.
Lamentations is seldom used... -- Lamentations 3:22-33 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C

Lamentations is seldom used in any Lectionary except during Holy Week.
In the midst of... -- Lamentations 3:22-33 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C

In the midst of Jersualem's sufferings, Jeremiah offered hope to the people by speaking of the
She was dying, but... -- Lamentations 3:22-33 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C

She was dying, but she wouldn't tell me.

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