By Bob Welch
Gold Medallion Award-winner Bob Welch crafts fifty two nuggets of Bible-based knowledge from essentially the most well known novels, musicals, and movies of all time: Les Misérables.
In 52 Little classes from Les Misérables, Bob Welch walks readers via Hugo's masterpiece, extracting dozens of uniquely religious reflections from this enduring portrait of poverty, social injustice, mercy, and redemption. Welch reminds us that Jean Valjean's lifestyles offers the truest instance of why true love is located within the grittiest areas, and that hearts are made entire underneath the overwhelm of mercy. most vital, notwithstanding, Welch retains returning to the intersections of religion and truth all through Hugo's writing—those areas the place mercy turns into an inroad to the center, and the place love is barely actually bought whilst it truly is given with out situation.
Discover back why life's function is located now not in getting to own wishes and needs, yet in responding to the hearts of...
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Earlier, at the market, she had heard of an “evil-looking runaway . . ”6 It’s no accident she has not placed the silverware and candlesticks on the table. But the bishop believes Valjean is redeemable. After the freed man expresses wonder that the bishop would welcome a former convict into his house, Myriel says, “This is not my house; it is Christ’s . . ”7 That said, the ultimate test of the man’s concern for this stranger comes in the morning, after the police catch Valjean leaving the village with the bishop’s silverware.
He pays teachers out of his own pocket. He teaches peasants how to better cultivate crops. He establishes a home for old and infirm laborers—on his own nickel, er, franc. He does all this while seeking no credit for his good deeds. ”2 We live in a world where people too often go out of their way to do good just so they will be noticed. The goodness becomes a means to an end, a personal public relations ploy. As a newspaper columnist, my favorite stories are about people who don’t pine for the spotlight but who deserve it.
The workers in his factory. The children in his town. In the musical version of Les Misérables, the “At the End of the Day” song speaks to a lack of purpose among the poor. The people are stuck in a grind; life lacks purpose centered on others. But lack of purpose isn’t confined to the poor. Jack Tripp gave up the good life on the East Coast to become executive director of a mission in the midsized West Coast community where I live. Why? 4 Tripp had been a self-described yuppie. Undergraduate degree in marketing.