Connect! Sunday Reflections

Temptations of the Election Cycle

For Sunday, February 14, 2016, 1st Sunday of Lent It seems that all election cycles begin with voters bemoaning the lackluster candidates running for office. If this year’s candidates appear […]

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The Cost of Discipleship

For Sunday, February 7, 2016, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Choosing to follow Jesus may on one hand appear to require a yes or no response. For some it boils […]

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It Is Not Naïve to Believe in Love

For Sunday, January 31, 2016, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time There are a few books that can make you tear up every time you read them. One such book is […]

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Belief Marked by Ritual

For Sunday, January 24, 2016, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time The online Oxford Dictionaries defines ritual as “a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according […]

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Filling the Water Jars

For Sunday, January 17, 2016, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time presents us with the wedding miracle at Cana in John’s Gospel, continuing to center on […]

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Grace Awakens

For Sunday, January 10, 2016, The Baptism of the Lord The latest installment in one of Hollywood’s most successful movie franchises, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, became the fastest to reach […]

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Looking Up

For Sunday, January 3, 2016, The Epiphany of the Lord On a summer’s day in 1879, an amateur archeologist named Marcelino de Sautuola went into a cave in Altamira, Spain, looking […]

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Fifteen Minutes in a Target

For Sunday, December 27, 2015, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph We were in Target, shopping for something I have long since forgotten. We often find ourselves in stores […]

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A Season of Joyful Hope

For Sunday, December 20, 2015, 4th Sunday of Advent The woman had a frantic look in her eye. Her hands were continually measuring out six-inch stretches of sheet on her hospital […]

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Photo © Reuters. Pope Francis blesses children during his visit to the Central African Republic.

Shout for Joy

For Sunday, December 13, 2015, 3rd Sunday of Advent This weekend the church celebrates Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. Our Advent themes of expectation and hope are quickly turning into the anticipated joy […]

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Painted glass image of St. John the Baptist, Prophet of the Most High.

The Prophetic Voice

For Sunday, December 6, 2015, 2nd Sunday of Advent John the Baptist is one of the towering figures in the Advent drama. Following in the tradition of the prophets, he closes […]

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The Greatest Solace

For Sunday, November 29, 2015, 1st Sunday of Advent Advent is traditionally the time of anticipation, of breathless wonder and waiting. It’s a season, right now, perfectly attuned to our times. […]

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