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April 12, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 4/01/20

Easter Sunday - Fr. Leo

 I was thinking that extending Lent during this Lenten experience of sheltering-at-home would embrace this time that is not business as usual.  Then when the proper time came we could celebrate Easter by gathering together again.  What a profound celebration that would be bonding ... Read More »

April 5, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 4/01/20

Palm Sunday - Fr. Leo

Living the paschal mystery is a greater part of human experience today than has ever been in my life time. As a universal community, we are witnessing unprecedented deaths and a change in living habits that go against our social nature. Death is certainly ... Read More »

March 29, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 3/23/20

5th Sunday of Lent - Fr. Leo

 Two weeks ago I spoke about the spiritual life being a sharing in the paschal mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection.  In today’s gospel there is more of a focus on the resurrection.  Lazarus has already died and Jesus raises him from ... Read More »

March 22, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 3/17/20

4th Sunday of Lent - Fr. Leo

In two different ways the blind man comes to see in today’s gospel.  Both are significant.  First he comes to see with his eyes.  Blind from birth, he now sees the world in which he lives.  Secondly, he comes to see Jesus ... Read More »

March 15, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 3/09/20

3rd Sunday of Lent - Fr. Leo

As Jesus sits tired next to Jacob’s well, and his disciples go off and leave him alone, a Samaritan woman comes to draw water.  Jesus knows this woman’s personal history and her unfaithfulness to the cultic laws of her faith.  Notice that ... Read More »

March 8, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 3/09/20

2nd Sunday of Lent - Fr. Leo

Central to our faith, is the Paschal Mystery of Christ.  This mystery embraces the Christ’s death and resurrection. Resurrection can not be separated from death, and both form the underlying rhythm of our life in Christ.

We see this rhythm in the ... Read More »

March 1, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 2/28/20

1st Sunday of Lent - Fr. Leo

Jesus is lead by the Spirit into the desert where he fasted and prayed for forty days.  Being hungry in many ways, he became vulnerable and was tempted to be other than who God calls him to be.

First, the devil says: ... Read More »

February 23, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 2/19/20

Filling In For Father… by Erin O’Leary

“Be holy.”  “Be perfect.”  Today’s readings give us a clear and challenging direction for how we are to live.  How do we carry this out?  The readings tell us- We love God and love others and pray for others- even our enemies.  ... Read More »

February 16, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 2/19/20

Filling In For Father… by Erin O’Leary

Today’s readings are all about wisdom and “laws.”  What does it mean to live up to the “immense” wisdom of God?  God gives us freedom to choose our path in life, but how do we make sure we are on the right ... Read More »

February 9, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 2/05/20

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Fr. Leo

“Just so, your light must shine before others,

that they may see your good deeds

and glorify your heavenly Father.” (MT 5:16)

Jesus, on a very positive note, affirms that we are the light of the world.  Through us the Holy ... Read More »