Connecting Point: May 20, 2018

There is so much awesome power in the Holy Spirit! And on Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, we celebrate that power. Power, at its simplest, is the ability to do something, to act, to accomplish. Another way is that …

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Connecting Point: May 13, 2018

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It is not just in our “modern day” that we are discouraged from speaking up and defending the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In my early days in the workforce, it was a long established “rule” that you didn’t discuss politics …

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Connecting Point: May 6, 2018

Judas betrayed him. Peter denied him. Thomas doubted him.

Through all this Jesus still loved them. Jesus showed us how we are given the call to be “friends of God.”  That friendship includes putting others before ourselves, seeking ways to …

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Connecting Point: April 29, 2018

How can I grow in confidence to support others who need to know God?

In order for us to “bear fruit” and be his disciples, we must support others who need it; who need to know God’s love.

Growing up …

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Connecting Point: April 22, 2018

Jesus included everybody! Shepherding today requires paying attention: one of the clearest features of Jesus’ pastoral style is the way He included people that each person is not left out: he included criminals, the “unclean” and people who were outcast …

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Connecting Point: April 15, 2018

This weekend we hear the story of Jesus being made known through the breaking of the bread. Here Jesus was standing in the midst of the same disciples who were with him just days earlier before his passion, yet they …

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Connecting Point: April 8, 2018

On Divine Mercy Sunday, we celebrate the boundless mercy of God, who throughout history has forgiven those who have turned away. Jesus preached forgiveness extensively in his ministry, enshrining it in the prayer he taught his disciples. God’s mercy is …

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Connecting Point: April 1, 2018

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In the celebration of Adult Baptism, the person being baptized is immersed under water three times, symbolizing the three days that Christ was in the tomb!  In Baptism, we die with Christ and rise with him to new life.  The …

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Connecting Point, March 25, 2018

“Mr. Rogers Neighborhood”

In these troubled times, it is not difficult to encounter someone who is weary.  But do we always see them?

The weary ones are all around us…at work, in school, at the market, on the street corner, …

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Connecting Point: March 18, 2018

March 18 Connecting Point

“How do I let go of self-center ways to become the best version of myself?”

Feelings come and go. Human emotions can sometime control you; leaving you to feel worry, fear, and self-centerness. God calls us to let go of …

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Connecting Point: March 11, 2018

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This, I believe, is not just a difficulty for “church professionals” but for people in general. We use phrases so often that the phrase loses the significance it should have in our lives. We sing, pray and proclaim the “Glory …

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Connecting Point: March 4, 2018

March 4 Connecting Point

Jesus could no longer tolerate people taking advantage of others in the temple area, so much so, that he made a whip out of cords and drove them all out.  He even spilled the coins of the money changers and …

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Connecting Point: February 25, 2018

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How can my living reflect God’s Light?

In this Sunday readings, we hear about Christ’s light and how it should reflect on others. Christ’s glorified body and the dazzling light are revealed to the disciples that followed Jesus up the

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Connecting Point: February 18, 2018

February 18 Connecting Point

My friends who run marathons take their physical fitness seriously throughout the year.  They incorporate physical exercise routines and healthy eating into their daily lives.  However, as a marathon draws near, they step things up a notch.  In order to …

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Connecting Point : February 11, 2018

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How can I reach out to people I normally avoid?
The major issue is that we avoid people at all. 
Jesus ate with tax collectors, accepted water and shared hope with an adulteress among others. He made connections with the

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Connecting Point: February 4, 2018

This week we hear another story of Jesus going about preaching and healing. After this particular instance, he goes off to pray. When the apostles find him and suggest they need to go because “everyone is looking for you.”

While …

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Connecting Point: January 28, 2018

January 28 Connecting Point

In this past Sunday’s Gospel, we hear about Jesus’ authority. Jesus is in the temple preaching, teaching, and driving out demons. He is asking us to bring all of our desires and worries to him so that he can guide …

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Connecting Point: January 21, 2018

Do you remember that moment in your life when you felt Jesus truly present to you? Perhaps it was at your Confirmation or when you married or when you had your first child. It was at that moment that you …

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Connecting Point: January 14, 2018

January 14 Connecting Point

Today we reflect on how we were led to the vocation we have pursued over our lifetime. Some of us have taken many different roads that have brought us to where we are in our lives. We have all been …

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Connecting Point: January 7, 2018

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At Epiphany, the Church honors the Three Kings (Astrologers) from the East. Our modern culture glamorizes them. They were looking for the New Born King; they recognized His Sign – the STAR. Yet, my personal opinion prevents me from calling …

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Connecting Point: December 31, 2017

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Without Jesus, there would be no Christmas.
Where would we be without Christmas?
More importantly, where would we be without Jesus?
Our families are not perfect.
Although Christmas is supposed to be one of the most joyful times of the …

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Connecting Point: December 25, 2017

Christmas Connecting Point

“Be not afraid!” are the very first words with which the angel greets the lowly shepherds as they keep watch over the sheep in the dead of night. They are also the first words the angel Gabriel addressed to the …

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Connecting Point: December 24, 2017

December 24 Connecting Point

Most of the times, what we really need is only a heart of surrender and always trust what God has plan for our life. Doing the best we can and letting God take the rest is what we call FAITH. …

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Connecting Point: December 17, 2017

“How can I be a radical witness to my faith?”

Being Christian, specifically being Catholic, is becoming less and less acceptable in today’s society.

Being radical in today’s world may be as simple as being intentionally faithful in our everyday.…

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Connecting Point: December 10, 2017

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Connecting Point: December 3, 2017

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The beginning of a new year is often a time when we take a close look at ourselves, assess our relationships, our physical well-being, and other important areas of our lives, and make concrete plans to live fuller, healthier lives.  …

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Connecting Point: November 19, 2017

November 19 Connecting Point

How can I use my gifts to support those with greater needs?…

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Connecting Point: November 12, 2017

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Wisdom is a gift God has granted to all of us. We search for God in our lives even though we may not always have a clear idea of what his plan is for us. In our journey we are …

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Connecting Point: November 5, 2017

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Our world is driven by accomplishment, but it is also driven by claiming responsibility for our successes. How can we use the Lord’s humble example to find satisfaction with the execution of our expertise? Our natural talent is a gift …

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Connecting Point: October 29, 2017

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Which Commandment is greater?
Love your God or love your neighbor?

They’re actually more related than you might think.
Find out how in Matt’s Connecting Point reflection for this week.

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Connecting Point: October 22, 2017

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Our first reading this weekend gives us the Church’s answer to the Gospel’s question about what belongs to God and what belongs to Caesar. All the power that the Persian ruler Cyrus holds comes from God. Just so with Caesar. …

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Connecting Point: October 15, 2017

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The danger of our being a Christian is when we start to feel secured and comfortable; that mentality can oftentimes blind us and lead us to what we call “cheap grace,” grace without good works, grace without authentic discipleship, grace …

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Connecting Point: October 8, 2017

October 8 Connecting Point

Do we allow the things of the earth to dwell in us more deeply than our awareness of Christ dwelling in us and God’s plan for our lives?

The responsibilities of life control most of our daily schedules. Priorities are …

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Connecting Point: October 1, 2017

October 1 Connecting Point

Throughout my life, I can define moments when I believed that I was held back from achieving a goal because of some fault of my own, or factors out of my control. I loved sports and wanted to play them …

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Connecting Point: September 24, 2017

September 24 Connecting Point

Watch Father Ron’s video Connecting Pount as he sums up the last three weeks in forgiveness.

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Connecting Point: September 17, 2017

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Forgiveness can be an uncomfortable challenge. Jesus tells this story after Peter proposes an extravagant limit of forgiveness. He uses the biblical number of perfection, “seven times”. Jesus changes seven to seventy-seven indicating infinity and challenging us to even surpass …

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Connecting Point: September 10, 2017

September 10 connecting point

Asking for forgiveness is not easy, but find out what is even a greater challenge.

Matt explains in his reflection of this week’s Connecting Point.

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Connecting Point: September 3, 2017

September 3 Connecting Point

What obstacles are getting in the way of truly following Jesus?
Check out what Matt Hunt has to say about that:

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Connecting Point: August 27, 2017

August 27 Connecting Point

In John’s Gospel 1:45-51, Nathanael says to Philip, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Nathanael (aka Bartholomew) had a bad attitude toward Jesus even before he actually met him simply because of where he was from.
In contrast, Jesus had …

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Connecting Point: August 20, 2017

August 20 Connecting Point

The Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel calls Jesus to recognize that his mission is to and for all people. She opens his mind to acceptance and inclusion. Our faith is called to be the same way. We are called to …

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Connecting Point: August 13, 2017

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Connecting Point: August 6, 2017

March 12 Connecting Point

Changes can be small or immense.  They can be transforming, or in the case of Jesus today, transfiguring.  His face shone with a glow that could only come from God.  That is how it feels to change your life.  It …

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Connecting Point: July 30, 2017

July 30 Connecting Point

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Connecting Point: July 23, 2017

Perhaps it is a younger sibling, a niece or nephew, your own child or grandchild; perhaps it is a perfect stranger, but there is something about a young child learning to takes its first steps that ignites within us the …

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Connecting Point: July 16, 2017

In today’s gospel we are challenged to open our hearts and minds to hear God’s Word and discern how God is using us in this world. We can, through prayer and meditation, determine God’s “plan” for us. God’s gift of …

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Connecting Point: July 9, 2017

Be docile and trust in the Lord.

What does that mean?

We need to trust in the Lord who gives us strength. Watch my reflection to find out what I’m talking about.

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Connecting Point: July 2, 2017

July 2 Connecting Point

When we get to know someone well, and care about them, we often do things simply to please the other person. These relationships are important pieces in our lives. When we understand ourselves as Christians, we identify with Jesus. Putting …

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Connecting Point: June 18, 2017

June 18, 2017 Connecting Point

Is communion truly the Body of Jesus and his Blood?  How can it be when you see and taste wine and a little round host?  They are symbols of Jesus’ body and blood, right?  WRONG!  We bring our gifts of …

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Connecting Point – June 11, 2017

June 11, 2017 Connecting Point

It’s cloudy this June 9, 2017 Michigan morning, yet the birds know and I know the sun has risen.

I write this reflection in consideration of the many blessings we will be celebrating this evening:

60 Years of sharing our …

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