Pastoral setting essay

Have you ever watched any of the TV news commentary shows? There is usually a facilitator, who presents issues and then asks his “guest” commentators to respond with analysis and future forecasts.
As they respond, the commentators get into a heated debate over the issues, but they seem to know everything about what’s involved. And within a thirty minute or one-hour show, they analyze the
problems in the country and make bold forecasts. They don’t theorize or make bizarre declarations. They refuse to generalize because they revel in the details. In most cases, the TV audience never
knows whether the celebrity commentators were accurate with their analysis or their forecasts. But during their moment in front of the camera they communicate confidence and certitude. Even more
amazing, the facilitator seems to accept their comments as gospel and most viewers will succumb to their influence. Some people think a pastor is supposed to be like that, but it is doubtful that
it is possible. Oh, sure it would be marvelous to know so much about people and souls that one could diagnose their problems quickly. To know so much about people and souls that one could
accurately analyze their issues and forecast the future for them would be a pastor’s dream. People, however, are just as unique and different from each other as each snowflake that falls is unique
and different from all the other snowflakes.

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1890s— Lou Levov's father comes to the US and begins working in the leather industry
1899—Lou is born
1927—The Swede is born
1933—Zuckerman is born
1939—World War II begins
1942—Newark Maid gets big break
1943—The sixteen-year-old Swede calls ten-year-old Zuckerman "Skip" at a football game
June 1945—Swede graduates high school and joins the Marine Corps; enter basic training in Parris Island, South Carolina
1945—World War II ends
1945-1947: Swede gets engaged while at Parris Island; Lou Levov breaks it up
1945— Swede finishes service and returns to New Jersey; enrolls at Upsala College
1949—Miss America Contest that Dawn loses
1950— Zuckerman and Jerry graduate high school
1950—Swede and Dawn get married
1952 (approx)— Merry born
1961—Vietnam War begins
1963—The Swede kisses Merry when she's eleven
1963—Merry sees the monks self-immolating
1967 (approx)—Merry begins hanging out in NYC
1967—Newark Riots
1968— Merry bombs post office and flees when she's sixteen.
For the next four months—The Swede has an affair with Sheila Salzman
Four months after the bombing— Rita Cohen approaches the Swede
Over the next five years— Dawn has to be hospitalized for psychological reasons twice
1972—Dawn gets a face lift and plans to build a new house
September 1, 1973 (Labor Day)—The Swede gets a letter from Rita Cohen
On that same day—the Swede meets Merry
On that same day—the Dinner Party Scene; the Swede discovers Dawn and Orcutt having sex in the kitchen; Lou is forked by Jessie Orcutt. (The novel ends)
Sometime after that—The Swede remarries; has three sons
1985—Zuckerman and Swede run into each other in New York City for the New York Mets vs. the Houston Astros game
1993—According to the Swede, according to Jerry, Merry Levov dies
1994—Lou Levov dies at ninety-six years old
May 31, 1995— Zuckerman gets letter from Swede saying he wants to meet; Swede is about sixty nine, seven years older than Zuckerman
Soon after—Zuckerman meets Swede at Vincent's
A few months later—the Swede dies at sixty eight
A few days later—Zuckerman attends his 45th High School Reunion, runs into Jerry Levov
Soon after that—Zuckerman imagines the Swede's life and writes it as a novel

Rev. Monsignor Brian Bransfield
Associate General Secretary
3339 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, . 20008-3678

Bishop Edward K. Braxton
Diocese of Belleville
222 South Third St.

Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri
Via della Conciliazione
34-00120
Vatican City

Rev. Mr. George Mills, Jr.
Corpus Christi Parish Office
206 Rasp St.
Shiloh, IL 62269

Sirs:

We are a small community of faithful Catholics who gather regularly to study the Scriptures and pray together. We feel it important to participate in Pope Francis' request for comment on questions raised in preparation for the 2014 Synod on the Family.

We also respond because of Evangelii Guadium, which calls for collaborative leadership, saying bishops and pastors must pursue pastoral dialogue, “out of a desire to listen to everyone and not simply to those who would tell him what he would like to hear.” We are grateful for Pope Francis' request for comments on the all-important issue of Family, and offer our thoughtful and prayerful response in a survey found on the following pages, hopeful that it reflects the sensus fidelium of the faithful in the Church of Southern Illinois.

As many of our responses indicate, we feel the need to become a more forgiving Church community, rather than an organization promoting “rules” for families that conflict with today's Catholic family culture. We note simply that Pope Francis has criticized “veritable witch hunts,” asking rhetorically, “whom are we going to evangelize if this is the way we act.”

The Apostolic Church was open to change as witnessed in the New Testament; why shouldn't today's Church be open, too? We hope and pray that you find our effort helpful.

The survey responses that follow were developed with the assistance and/or approval of the following individuals:

So the preliminary question is this: Why should we think that bosom-burning is a reliable way of determining truth? We can’t use bosom-burning to answer this question, because that would just beg the question (. assume precisely what it is we are trying to determine). The evidence suggests that bosom-burning is affected greatly by the power of suggestion. When Mormons come to the door and suggest bosom-burning as a means of determining whether Mormonism is true, a higher percentage of persons will bosom-burn in the Mormon direction. But when other sects come to the door and use the same method (even if not the same terminology), a higher percentage of person will ‘feel led by God’ to join those other [non-Mormon] sects. All this implies that the method itself is a not a reliable way of determining truth, but is a psychological tool to get people to follow their own feelings while making them believe that it is not their own feelings that they are following but the leading of the Spirit. (They don’t stop to ask, “If this were just my feelings, and not the Spirit, how would I know?” They can’t answer that question, because the method prevents the person using it from discovering his error.)

Pastoral setting essay

pastoral setting essay

Rev. Monsignor Brian Bransfield
Associate General Secretary
3339 Massachusetts Ave. .
Washington, . 20008-3678

Bishop Edward K. Braxton
Diocese of Belleville
222 South Third St.

Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri
Via della Conciliazione
34-00120
Vatican City

Rev. Mr. George Mills, Jr.
Corpus Christi Parish Office
206 Rasp St.
Shiloh, IL 62269

Sirs:

We are a small community of faithful Catholics who gather regularly to study the Scriptures and pray together. We feel it important to participate in Pope Francis' request for comment on questions raised in preparation for the 2014 Synod on the Family.

We also respond because of Evangelii Guadium, which calls for collaborative leadership, saying bishops and pastors must pursue pastoral dialogue, “out of a desire to listen to everyone and not simply to those who would tell him what he would like to hear.” We are grateful for Pope Francis' request for comments on the all-important issue of Family, and offer our thoughtful and prayerful response in a survey found on the following pages, hopeful that it reflects the sensus fidelium of the faithful in the Church of Southern Illinois.

As many of our responses indicate, we feel the need to become a more forgiving Church community, rather than an organization promoting “rules” for families that conflict with today's Catholic family culture. We note simply that Pope Francis has criticized “veritable witch hunts,” asking rhetorically, “whom are we going to evangelize if this is the way we act.”

The Apostolic Church was open to change as witnessed in the New Testament; why shouldn't today's Church be open, too? We hope and pray that you find our effort helpful.

The survey responses that follow were developed with the assistance and/or approval of the following individuals:

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