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“Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)

By Susan Klemond, National Catholic Register, 5/23/20

Susan Klemond is a freelance writer living in St. Paul, Minn., who writes news and feature articles for the Register, OSV Newsweekly and the Catholic Spirit, the diocesan paper for St. Paul-Minneapolis. …

Susan KlemondStaying at home doesn’t have the same appeal as it did before this spring when, after a busy day of work or school, we looked forward to crashing on the couch in the evening.

As summer approaches and COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions are gradually being lifted, I think many of us will be glad to go out for more than just groceries.

St. Paul would understand those feelings. Toward the end of his ministry, he was required to spend two years under house arrest in Rome. To make matters worse, he was bound by a chain and assigned a guard during that time, making it impossible even to slip outside for fresh air.

Despite these limitations, St. Paul continued to preach to crowds that came to his home, helped to build up the Church in Rome and probably wrote four epistles.  ….

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