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May 31, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 5/21/20

Pentecost - Fr. Leo

God with us, is the Holy Spirit with us?  In the Spirit, is the Father and the Son.  The mode of God’s presence, if you will, is the Spirit, the uncreated energy of God pouring fourth into us from God’s ecstatic love for all creation.  ... Read More »

May 24, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 5/19/20

Ascension of the Lord - Fr. Leo

After Jesus’ death and resurrection, he appeared to his disciples to affirm his resurrection, and to instruct them about their mission to share their faith.  All this in preparation for the gift of the Spirit that would inspire them and direct them ... Read More »

May 17, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 5/13/20

6th Easter  - Fr. Leo

Last week, I mentioned that the Father loves us infinitely and unconditionally.  His love was manifested in his Son, Jesus Christ, who out of love for the Father and for us gave his own life.  Jesus did this, not to guilt us into different ... Read More »

May 10, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 5/06/20

5th Easter  - Fr. Leo

In the Creed, we profess “God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.”  We believe God created all things, and in Genesis, we learn he created us in his image and breathed his own life into us.  Thus, we are the children of ... Read More »

May 3, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 5/06/20

4th Easter  - Fr. Leo

The sheep follow the shepherd, because they recognize his voice.  They will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.

The shepherd is the true voice who speaks God’s truth and love.  Jesus ... Read More »

April 26, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 5/06/20

3rd Easter  - Fr. Leo

The two disciples on the road to Emmas did not recognize the Lord walking with them.  But this “stranger” captivated them.  Through Him, they were gaining insight into the meaning of Jesus’ death as fulfilled in the resurrection.   Their hearts burned within them ... Read More »

April 19, 2020

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 5/06/20

2nd Sunday of Easter

When Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus lovedreached the tomb, the younger went into the burialspace and believed because of his love. Note againthat the title of this disciple is, ’the one whom Jesusloved.” This is meant to be you too. Your love bringsyou ... Read More »

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 »