Sunday Reflections

Following Christ's Lead: 12th Sunday

Father Toby Collins

July 4, 2013

Part of the formation process of becoming a Resurrectionist is to go on a silent retreat. All you are given is a place to stay, food on the table, a retreat director to meet with for one hour each day, and all the silence you could want to meditate on the scriptures and your relationship with God. For many "potential CR's" this retreat becomes a pivotal point in their discernment of religious life because in those moments of silence, and the reflection with their spiritual director that follows, many connections are made between us and God that bring us to life and a joy.




Commitment: To Be or Not to Be - 13th Sunday

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Father Jim Valk

June 28, 2013

A MAN WAS walking alone the street when he came upon a huge construction site of a Church. He saw 3 men working and asked them what they were building. One man just muttered that he was only throwing one pile of stone from one side to the other. The second man, with a grunt, said that he was just following plans, putting up boards and walls. The third man said with a smile that he was building a cathedral. And indeed he was. It all depends on how we see ourselves and our talents, how we are committed to make a difference.




Challenges to our Faith: 12 Sunday Year C

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Father Ernie Varosi

June 17, 2013

‘But who do you say that I am?’ We are being challenged by this question every day of our lives. Jesus wants us to make our own unique affirmation. No one else can offer our act of assent. All of us have our own hearts to give freely away. This is what God seems to cherish most about us. Hence, discerning what God is saying to us is only the first part of our challenge as Christians.




Those who are forgiven much, love much.” - 11th Sunday Year C

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Father Jim Donohue

June 10, 2013

St. Paul, in our second reading from his letter to the Galatians, professes that “the life I live now is not my own; Christ is living in me” (2:20). This verse echoes in the hearts of all Resurrectionists and other followers of Christ who attempt to empty and wholly deny themselves in order that Christ may dwell in them and act through them. Indeed, this Pauline verse is included in the Resurrectionists’ Constitutions as the summation of the Christian life that imitates Christ “so intimately that we live, die, and rise with him” (no. 6).




Arise

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Father Paul Voisin

June 5, 2013

It is part of our human condition (thankfully) that we seek out new and deeper life. In most of us there is this desire, perhaps even ‘burning’ desire, to live life more fully. In our spiritual lives this same desire is at work.




A Man For All Seasons

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Father Jim Valk

June 3, 2013

A pastor went to a parishioners home for dinner. The wife put on a wonderful spread. At the end of the meal the Pastor said that he had never had a meal like this before. Piped up the youngest child- “neither have we”.

Meals are special times- time to be together, to catch up, to enjoy each other. But it seems like the traditional Sunday dinner has gone by the wayside. A survey asked people what three things they like to hear. The answer- I love you, I forgive you, INVITE ME TO DINNER.




The Spirit Unites Us into One Body: Pentecost 2013

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Father Jim Donohue

May 13, 2013

St. John Chrysostom wrote, “He whom we love and lose is no longer where he was before; he is now wherever we are.” This quotation seems to articulate the experience of Mary of Magdala when she encounters the Risen Lord and hears that she must let go, for he will be ascending “to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” (John 20:17). It is difficult for her to let go of the one that she loved for she is experiencing the loss of a certain way of relating to Jesus.




Be a Witness - 7th Sunday of Easter

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Father Paul Voisin

May 9, 2013

Jesus tells us “you are witnesses”. Indeed, we – like the disciples – are witnesses to the work of the Lord. As we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost we remember that Jesus has suffered, died, risen, and now been taken up into heaven. He has left us behind (for now), but not alone. He has sent us the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, to fill us with his life, and to bear witness to him. A witness is one who comes forward to say what has been seen, heard, and experienced.




A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT- PEACE - 6th Sunday of Easter

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Father Jim Valk

May 3, 2013

A man was muddling through his life- confused, lost, in debt. He heard about an old Brother, living in the desert, who had found a huge diamond. Our man thought that if he had that diamond all his problems would be over. He travelled far into the dawn and came at last to the old man. I want that diamond; he told the Brother- it will solve all my problems and worries. The old Brother rummaged around in his little storeroom, came up with the diamond (baseball size) and offered it to the man. Away went the man, hopeful, happy.




We are an Easter People! 5th Sunday of Easter

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Father Ernie Varosi

April 22, 2013

All the readings for this fifth Sunday of Easter underline the wonderful truth that something new has happened and that we are the beneficiaries of the good news.

For example, from the gospel we learn that the most important identifying quality of Christians is that love that we have for one another. "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."




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