Rolling Stones

Today on the Abiding Together Podcast, Sr. Miriam, Michelle, and Heather talk about Pope Francis’ Easter message and how we can truly live in the Resurrection. We discuss the power of God that can roll away even the hardest stones in our heart and what the common blocks are to hope in Jesus.

“Human history does not end before a tombstone, because today it encounters the ‘living stone’, the risen Jesus.” – Pope Francis

One Thing We Love this Week

Sister Miriam’s one thing – Seminarians at Mundelein Seminary

Michelle’s one thing – Writings of Fr. Padro Arrupe, SJ

Heather’s one thing – The Song “Healer” by Upperroom worship and in case you missed it, here’s Heather’s Easter Playlist – Hallelujah Is Our Song

Click here to read the Pope’s homily!

Discussion Questions    

  1. What is the stone that I need to remove, what is the name of this stone?
  2. Am I expecting to find the Risen Jesus in the most painful parts of my heart and story?
  3. Where am I giving into discouragement and where have I lost hope?
  4. What struck you from Pope Francis’ message or the podcast and why?

Journal Questions

  1. What practical things do I need to do to live in the new life God has brought to me instead of the old way?
  2. Where am I looking? At graveyards or looking for the Living One?
  3. What place in my heart do I need to invite the resurrected Jesus?
  4. Spend some time remembering the good things God has done in your life.

Quote to Ponder

“Human history does not end before a tombstone, because today it encounters the “living stone”, the risen Jesus. We, as Church, are built on him, and, even when we grow disheartened and tempted to judge everything in the light of our failures, He comes to make all things new” – Pope Francis

Scripture for Lectio Divina – John 11:25-26

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.’ Do you believe this?”

Meet Your Hosts

Abiding Together is a weekly podcast hosted by Michelle Benzinger, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, and Heather Khym. 

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