A worried woman took her anxieties to a palm-reading fortune teller. “Everything is going wrong,” she complained. “My husband is being unfaithful to me. My daughter ran away with a no-account drifter. And yesterday my dog died. I want to know what is in my future. Is there any hope?” The fortune teller began tracing the lines on the woman’s palm and said, “Your husband’s business will soon fail and you will be destitute. In a few months you will turn to drink and become an alcoholic. By year’s end you will lose all your friends and your relatives won’t speak to you.” Whereupon the distraught woman cried out, “What happens then?” To which the fortune teller replied, “Then you’ll get used to it.”
What the sacred authors of Holy Scripture tell us is that even when life’s tragedies and calamities seem unbearable, we don’t have to get used to it. There is always hope. There is a future for all of us because…
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