• 29 Feb

    Lenten Reflection 2/29/16

    Monday of the Third Week of Lent Readings for the day Today’s first reading always takes me back to my time as the Social Service Director at Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (MO).  During my time there, we were organizing parish social service sites into a more structured way of relating […]

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  • 26 Feb

    Lenten Reflection 2/26/16

      Friday of the Second Week of Lent Readings for the day Have you ever met a “Master Dreamer?” In today’s first reading, we can’t help but imagine the kind of pure goodness and virtue Joseph embodied, even through the adversity he would encounter in life. His brothers hated him, the scriptures tell us – […]

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  • 25 Feb

    Lenten Reflection 2/25/16

    Thursday of the Second Week of Lent Readings for the Day Depending on the characters with whom you identify, today’s readings can be a bit unnerving. In the Gospel, the rich man is sentenced with eternal torment, with a “great chasm” preventing him from escaping his condition. Knowing that he cannot be saved, he begs […]

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  • 24 Feb

    Lenten Reflection 2/24/16

    Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent Readings for the day “I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.” (JN 8:12) Whoever follows will have the light of life. To become a beacon for others? To lead others to safety and security? To help […]

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  • 23 Feb

    Lenten Reflection 2/23/16

    Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent Readings for the day The greatest among you will be the one who serves the rest. Mt. 23: 11 (NAB) The opening lines from Isaiah, addressed to the princes and the people of Sodom and Gomorrah brought to mind the cacophony of hate that often passes for political […]

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  • 19 Feb

    Lenten Reflection 2/19/16

    Friday of the First Week of Lent Readings for the day How daunting is it to write about mercy in a Jubilee Year Of Mercy? What is left to be said about the topic that hasn’t already been said by people far wiser than me? God’s mercy is infinite but the words that we can […]

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  • 17 Feb

    Lenten Reflection 2/17/16

    Wednesday of the First Week of Lent Readings for the day A friend said to me recently, “So I am half way through Pope Francis’ book The Church of Mercy, and I’ve realized that I can’t define the word ‘mercy.’” So we spent several minutes searching for a word that would be the best synonym. […]

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  • 10 Feb

    Guest Blogger: Sister Donna Markham “An Ash Wednesday Reflection”

    Dear Friends, Lent provides us with precious reflective moments to ponder what the great commandment demands of us: to love God with everything in us and to love our neighbor as we try to love ourselves. It is the very face of God, the face of Mercy—forgiving, accepting and caring—that is revealed to us as […]

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  • 08 Feb

    February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

    It can be hard for adults to fully appreciate how significant dating relationships can be for teens. Teenagers are working out the kinds of relationships that have been modeled for them, both in their lives and through the media. They’re also establishing habits for themselves in how they behave in a relationship and how they […]

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