FORMAT FOR EACH SESSION

  1. Begin with the prayer for specific for each session
  2. Watch the TED talk video
  3. Watch the reflection video by one of the pastoral team members
  4. Pray over the scripture passage
  5. Review Personal Reflection Questions

If you have any questions please e-mail the parish at [email protected] or call the parish office at 519-471-4220

SESSION #4 – Why Suffering Gave Me Power

Opening Prayer

O Lord help us to finally accept our suffering as a conduit to understanding your unconditional love for  the world.  Remove our difficulties associated with the sufferings within our own life so that victory over them can be an example of your mercy, your love, and your way of life.  Release us of the bondage ourselves especially when we are hurting or in pain so that we can see and do what you require us to do.  Teach us to offer up our suffering to you O Lord so that along with all other suffering we can eventually share in the freedom of giving to others the strength we have received from your life-giving power.  May your will be done always and may your healing touch be a part of our lives especially in evolving in our faith. We ask this through Jesus who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit God for ever and ever.

Amen

SCOTT HAMILTON TED TALK

Deacon Don St. Onge VIDEO REFLECTION

Luke 6:36-38

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.  Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Forgive and you will be forgiven; give and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

PERSONAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1. Scott Hamilton refers to the choice of succumbing or evolving once we get to the fork in the road where suffering challenges us in our own lives.   In what way can we benefit from the spiritual connection in our getting stronger?

2. How do God’s mercy and forgiveness in our lives become the building blocks to a peaceful and joy filled life?

3. How can the work we do regarding this be helpful when we face suffering in the future?

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3 Comments

  1. Annette

    Wow, wow, what a wonderful inspiring Ted Talk with Scott Hamilton. He never gave up, and neither should we. Thankyou also Deacon Don, what a wonderful talk from you as well. Hopefully these talks will enlighten us all about our own suffering in life. Thankyou❤️

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  2. Trudy

    Great presentations. Will need to go through your reflection a third time Deacon Don as it stimulated so many thoughts that require further reflection on my part, then listen again for the parts I missed while making notes.
    Thank you again for sharing.

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  3. Martha Cole

    This Ted Talk by Scott Hamilton is one of the best that I have listened to. He spoke honestly of his trials from birth, adoption, family and his love of a wonderful mother who prepared him during all his trials to believe that one can take the low road or the high road. His choice could have been to deal with his challenges choosing the low road of drugs and alcohol, however, because of his great upbringing he chose to select the high road. God bless him.

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