I read a book by Rabbi Daniel Lapin (an orthodox rabbi) a long time ago who said there was no word in Hebrew for “coincidence”. There is no such thing.
It’s how the Lord got my attention.
For example, sometime after I had converted, I was heading to Belk’s with my mother, and I told her I wanted to check while we were there for a thick red sweater to wear with my jeans. I walked in the store, turned 45% to the right (women’s department) walked up to the first rack – a sale rack, and right in front of me was a thick red sweater, on sale, my size. Exactly what I had had in mind.
It’s what you call a “Godincidence”. Sometimes it’s providence. Sometimes a Godwink. But it’s definitely not random. I’ve had many such “coincidences” over the years. It makes you feel loved.
Alisa Alisa Craddock, Jacksonville
Regarding “Coincidences” – here is a lovely coincidence from our family history.
My Grandmother Josephine Carlin immigrated to the USA from County Cork, Ireland and was a nurse during WWI and attended soldiers in Cape May, NJ many who were sick with the Spanish Flu. Her nursing pin was a very treasured item to her but unfortunately in the necessary scrubbing that took place every evening to keep the nurses healthy and uncontaminated, she lost her nursing pin.
Many, many years later a ‘tinker’ salesman came to her door selling goods and in his box of items was her nursing pin! He returned it to her for free.
This same nursing pin came to me as an inheritance and I gave it to her Great Granddaughter Shannon when she graduated as a nurse and began working in New Jersey emergency rooms.
Glory be to God,
The malady afflicting the Bride of Christ is not caused by the Vicar of Christ. The culprits are Catholics who define themselves as either conservative or progressive. These are political labels that have no relevance in Catholicism. Catholics on the ‘right’, propose that Francis’ statements could be interpreted as heresy. Disciples of Cardinal Burke et al., seek to portray Francis as heterodox, while being careful not to call him a heretic, because they have no evidence that he is a heretic. Catholics on the ‘left’, label Francis a ‘progressive’, who has changed centuries of antiquated Catholic doctrine. Is a well-known nefarious cabal orchestrating this war against the Vicar of Christ, in an attempt to destroy the Bride of Christ?