I wrote this almost two decades ago. At the time, I did not publicly speak of my experiences, though I did tell my priests that this was really the best description I could muster of what I saw when I was taken into the whirlwind after I gave my final commitment to accept whatever work was given to me. Oh, how I wish I could convey to you how tenderly God reaches out to each of His children. We have enough new readers that this, one of my favorite columns, needs a repeat.
Since God’s interaction with each person is so intimately personal how, then, do we encounter Him properly and help others to do so? However interesting it might be for a finger to explain its function to a foot, it won’t be terribly helpful in teaching the foot to walk. One of the best answers to this question is to be found in the most misunderstood and misinterpreted book of the Bible; the Old Testament Book of Job.
There is good reason why many skim over – or skip entirely – the Book of Job. It turns the nostrums of traditional piety upside down. As it opens we are introduced to Job, a just and pious man who is blessed in all his affairs. He is prosperous, healthy and has a big, joyful family. In fact, Job is so notable for his good-natured righteousness that God boasts of him before the…
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