Connect! Sunday Reflections

Icon of the Holy Family.

Bearing Witness to an Unpopular Message

For Sunday, July 5, 2015, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time I remember a time when the world was changing very rapidly indeed. It was the late 80s and much of the change was centralized in Europe with the Solidarity movement in Poland, Perestroika and Glasnost in Russia, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The change was […]

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Biblical Tamar Park in the Arava desert, Israel.

Water in the Desert

For Sunday, June 28, 2015, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time The Arava Desert is the northeastern portion of the Negev Desert in Israel. It is arid, rocky, and hot. This is where I am for three months of volunteer work at Biblical Tamar Park. There is a tel here (archeological site), going back to the […]

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Mary Immaculate, Patroness of the USA. Image of the Immaculate Conception by Murillo, 1660.

Fortnight for Freedom

For Sunday, June 21, 2015, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time What is a fortnight? It is simply another term for “two weeks.” It is a word more frequently used in England than in the United States, perhaps because of our shorter attention spans. In 2012, the bishops of the United States established the Fortnight for […]

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A hand holding a mustard seed.

Seeds of the Kingdom

For Sunday, June 14, 2015, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time If you read any of the accounts about American Pharoah last weekend, and the way he secured a place in sports history by winning the Triple Crown, you might have thought his triumph was inevitable. But the man who helped raise him wasn’t so sure. Tom VanMeter, […]

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Eucharistic Presence

For Sunday, June 7, 2015, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Our first reading this weekend from the Book of Exodus makes a very bold and confident statement of faith. “All that the LORD has said, we will heed and do.” People of faith must constantly be reminded of what God says and […]

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