Connect! Sunday Reflections

CSR - God is Present

Lift Your Voices for Justice

As we confront the realities of suffering and exploitation that fill the news and our social feeds, we’re reminded that we must seek out God’s justice.

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CSR - Breaking News vs. an In-Breaking Kingdom

Breaking News vs. an In-Breaking Kingdom

I’ve grown tired of tv news and the segments on celebrities bickering. Pondering this before Mass, a sense of relief came over me. There were no tv screens on the altar flashing “Breaking News”.

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CSR - Growing the Kingdom

Growing the Kingdom

Sometimes, I try to control people or circumstances in order that my plan comes about. But it never works out the way I had hoped. I think the same is true with the kingdom of God.

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God Sees the Worth in All of Us

When I first got married, I was clueless about cooking. I once bought potatoes thinking I could find a way to use them but, they were promptly forgotten in the back of the pantry.

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Mystery in an Age of Fact-Finding

We live in a data-driven age, with every answer right at our fingertips. The facts are comfortable. This upcoming Sunday, we celebrate the deepest mystery of our faith: the Holy Trinity.

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An Era of Change

Traveling to unfamiliar and sometimes hostile places, the disciples proclaimed the Good News. Their lives gave witness to many things, but one specifically became a game changer.

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Live in God’s Promise

In her novel, Gilead, Marilyn Robinson shares the story of Rev. John Ames who looks back on a life of pastoral service, love, loss, faith, and hope. The New Testament is is a similar story.

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We Are All Called to Love

For Sunday, May 6, 2018 Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 1 John 4:7-10 John 15:9-17 St. Therese of Lisieux was only a teenager when she entered the convent. Like many young people, she was unsure of her talents and how she should serve God and others. All around her were nuns who […]

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Rediscovering Nature

For Sunday, April 29, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts 9:26-31 1 John 3:18-24 John 15:1-8 Several months ago, I watched the documentary, “Back to Eden,” which is the story of a Los Angeles lawyer turned hobby gardener in Washington. In the documentary, he explained how he came to a biblical understanding and practical appreciation […]

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An Intimate Relationship with God

For Sunday, April 22, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Easter Acts 4:8-12 1 John 3:1-2 John 10:11-18 As a newly pregnant mother years ago, I remember hearing that newborns could distinguish their mothers from other women by scent, and mothers could smell random clothing and know exactly which ones belonged to their babies. I was so […]

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Hope for the Resurrection of Our Bodies

For Sunday, April 15, 2018 Third Sunday of Easter Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 1 John 2:1-5a Luke 24:35-48 If you want to be reminded of your mortality, turn on the news and see the recent attacks in Syria, the growing tensions over gun violence in the United States, and the latest tragedy in your local news. […]

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“Think Outside the Box”

For Sunday, April 8, 2018 Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) Acts 4:32-35 1 John 5:1-6 John 20:19-31 When people are feeling afraid or insecure, they often find security and solace behind the locked door of a room. While locking oneself in a secure place may relieve an immediate threat or reduce anxiety, it […]

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