September 17, 2017
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If somebody offends me once, it’s relatively easy to let it go. If they do it again, I become wary and scowly. If they do it a third time . . . well, that’s it. I’ve had enough.
In the words of Jack Shea, “Most people stop forgiving and start getting even at two.”
So, you’ve got to give Peter some credit when he asks Jesus how often he must forgive. “As many as seven times?” Yet, his posture—and mine—is still that of getting even. Jesus, at what point do I get to fight back?
by Sr Phyllis Jaszkowiak
September 10, 2017
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Our readings today invite us to be true neighbors to each other. Neighbors that love each other, help each other become better people, reconcile with each other after a disagreement, forgive each other when one hurts the other, continually show the love of God to each other. Neighbor here means those close to us – family, friends, people living next door. It also means society and that we must try to change it for the better when it sins.
August 27, 2017
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It seems we have only a few occasions in our lives like the one Peter had in our Gospel story today. Where a burst of sterling wisdom erupts—either from us, or from someone nearby—that so clearly reveals the truth or beauty or rightness of the matter that it could have only come from God.
On August 25, 1979, exactly 38 years and 2 days ago, I heard such an exclamation when my beloved Rene proclaimed her wedding vow to me. In her sweet, young voice, she said, “With great joy in my heart, and deep confidence in our God, I ask you to be my husband.”
August 20, 2017
Sr Phyllis Jaszkowiak
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As I began to prepare these reflections my immediate reaction to the story in the gospel was, “Jesus, don’t be a jerk!” Then I had to read it again and pray with it. None of the commentators I read called Jesus a jerk. They had other ways of describing what this story might mean.
July 30, 2017
By Sr Phyllis Jaszkowiak
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I saw a quote the other day from Sojourners Magazine, “If your world doesn’t feel like it is turning upside-down, maybe you aren’t watching carefully enough.”
Sometimes as I listen to the news of what Congress is or is not doing, the acts of hate that seem to be happening all too often now, of what our President does or does not say, I wonder how do we let God, let goodness, lead again?
July 16, 2017
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Our parishioner, Mary Evans, gave birth to her baby son, Rohan, less than a month ago. It’s not her first child, so she knows about generativity. As she feeds, holds, rocks, diapers, and bathes little Rohan – over and over again, day and night, with little or no sleep – she passes along a bit of her very self to Rohan, over and over again. That is generativity, and it is also the spark of life that Rohan will draw on his entire life. And it’s what he will pass along to his children. Generativity lies at the core of the cycle of life.
July 2, 2017
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Last week I went to Sheridan Wyoming for a Kehrwald family reunion. It’s the town in which I grew up, and where my parents still live.
Part of returning home is revisiting old memories. I have a childhood memory that I want to share with you. But first, bring to mind the story in our first reading where the Prophet Elisha drops in to the woman in Shunem every now and then. She recognizes him as a holy man, a wise man, and so she wants to make a room for him.
June 18, 2017
by Gabe Triplett
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June 11, 2017 Year A
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Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.
So, I will now proceed to explain to you, once and for all, the full understanding of the Trinity. . . . not. In the words of St. Augustine, “if you think you understand, then what you understand is not God.”
Two Stories of Immigration
June 5, 2017
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Today's homily is made up of two parishioners sharing their stories of immigration to the United States. The stories are presented anonymously to protect their identities.