I’ll See You At The Movies!

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Here we are again in September! How’s your sunburn?    It is without fanfare and is more of an announcement than a farewell, that after two years I am closing down the Reflections blog. Fear not! I’ll be back every other week but under a new title and focus.   The Reflections blog was created […]

Stranger Danger

Friday, August 11th, 2017

This weekend’s readings are powerful reminders of how we should welcome all! The first reading has the prophet Isaiah speaking about others not like him, writing about “foreigners who join themselves to the LORD.” He is articulating the universal call to holiness for all people. The psalmist sings, “O God, let all the nations praise […]

After The Fire

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

“After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave” (1 Kings 19:12-13). In one of the most famous stories from our own Carmelite tradition, the prophet Elijah, in his search for God, looks for […]

A Family Together, A Promise Kept

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

This past week we joined together as a community to support a homeless family. Encouraged by our pastor, Fr. Dan, we opened the doors of our beautiful facility and welcomed a beautiful family in the process of getting back on their feet. I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of spiritual and financial support as well […]

Wise Heart

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Good morning. I’m writing this week’s reflection in the early hours of the morning in my office as fellow parishioners and I stay overnight with our guests from Family Promise (more on that next week).  I’m a little bleary-eyed, but it is nice to drink coffee in early light and read this week’s Mass readings. […]

The Disabled God

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

This weekend’s first reading from the Book of Wisdom is beautiful. I’m not sure of course, but it seems to be where Shakespeare, raised a Catholic, found his inspiration for the famous “Quality of Mercy” speech from The Merchant of Venice. “Though you are master of might, you judge with clemency,” the passage says.  The […]

Feast Days

Monday, July 17th, 2017

“Caramel like the chocolate?” That is the No. 1 question I get asked when I tell people what I do for a living. “No,” I say. “I’m not even sure if it is chocolate.” If you’re interested, the second most frequently asked question is “What does a Mission Development Director do?” I still haven’t really […]

“Holy” Hypocrites

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

We have some beautiful imagery in this weekend’s Gospel reading including Christ’s poetic and striking invitation to “all you who labor.” The psalm exults the Lord and Paul offers us a mysterious reflection on the Spirit of God in Christians.  He writes, “Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.” […]

Gift Giver

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Well, we have some unpacking to do on this one. This week’s Gospel is a little hard to swallow on first hearing. Jesus, in a litany-like call and response tells us, “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” He continues on in this manner describing prophets and […]

To Be Or Let Be

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

This Sunday’s readings are all about fear, bravery and courage. The first interpretation of courage comes from our first reading. In the reading from Jeremiah, the idea of courage is a masculine, militaristic one, understandable from a highly patriarchal warrior culture. The second reading from the epistle to the Romans, Saint Paul tells us that […]

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