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For the last two years I have been in the tiny town (called “God’s Square Mile” by the locals) of Ocean Grove, New Jersey. I know, what a time to be living at the Jersey Shore! Providentially, Ocean Grove was spared from much of the devastation wrought by hurricane Sandy. Neighbors in Belmar and Bradley Beach were not so fortunate and are now dealing with insurance companies, which, in some cases, can be as taxing as the hurricane itself. Some companies limit their coverage because a hurricane and other disasters are classified as “Acts of God.” I’ve been reflecting on this quite a bit today. Sickness and natural disasters cannot be willed by our loving God. The real “acts of God” are strangers opening their homes to the displaced, maintenance workers from Maine clearing debris in Atlantic City, employees of Pacific Gas and Electric restoring utilities in lower Manhattan, and elderly couple roasting hot dogs for the homeless, friends and strangers risking heir own safety to rescue others. Those are the real acts of God.

Today I saw a priest awaken early and drive out to our Provincial House to bring the sacramental presence of Christ to us. A nurse’s aid reassured an elderly sister fearful of falling. A friend brought me a second cup of coffee. A sister answering the telephone took the time to listen to a distraught caller asking for prayers. God is acting everywhere. Let’s not miss it!

– Sr. Mary Amy Hauck

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