If you look at the things happening in your life only from the outside world, you won't get a clear picture. Your understanding will be incomplete or even blurred. This lack of clear vision could cause you to doubt God's love and care.
Who would have thought that God would use the Three Stooges to touch a sad little boy with happiness? I believe when God heals, He restores the entire person, not just the body. He heals their soul, mind and heart as well.
Mark's story of Jesus healing a man with the evil spirit I call J-Day. It is a report of the very first battle of Jesus fighting Satan for the liberation of the human people. Jesus declared in Mark 1:15, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Good News."
Christmas is just not a date on the calendar, but a way of life. The comedian Bob Hope once said, “My idea of Christmas is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
The Church gives you Advent, a time to watch for Jesus who is coming back, a time to prepare for His arrival. Jesus says in Mark 13:33-34 "Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come."
God begs you not to bury the gift of God that you are by fear, judgment or condemnation of others. Help others see they too are gifts from God. That doesn't mean you condone everything others may do. But it does mean you welcome them as children of God that they are.
The most important thing that pleases God is your faith in Him. He is very happy when you trust Him. God knows what is best for you. He desires your happiness. Psalm 34:4 says, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."
Pope Francis is urging the faithful to calm down. The purpose of the Synod is not to change Church teaching on marriage or allow blessings on gay unions. They are trying to formulate a "theology of love" which is inclusive not exclusive, which is accepting not rejecting.