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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June 4 Connecting Point

When we think of Pentecost, the first thing that comes to mind is the Holy Spirit .
So why is our Connecting Point about forgiveness?
At the end of the gospel that we hear this weekend, Jesus tells his disciples …

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Connecting Point: May 28, 2017

May 28 Connecting Point

“How can I bring the Word to the community.”

The Great Commission should be a part of how we live our lives every day as Catholics. However, it takes a different approach today to reach people than it did 2000 …

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Connecting Point: May 21, 2017

May 21 Connecting Point

How can I glorify God in the bad times as well as in the good times?

Our connecting point for this week is a tall order!

Enduring illness or tragedy or extreme conflict in life can oftentimes cause us to …

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Connecting Point: May 14, 2017

May 14 Connecting Point

If we as followers of Christ reflect the Gospel message we reflect his character through the Holy Spirit. “This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples – when they see the love you have for each other.”(John …

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Connecting Point: May 7, 2017

May 7 Connecting Point

Nobody can simply vindicate and consent that suffering is a reasonable condition for those who are harmed, coerced or oppressed; tolerance for violence against anyone is not a christian perspective. It is rather a revolutionary and radical choice to hold …

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Connecting Point: April 30, 2017

April 29 Connecting Point

It is easier for me to understand the reality of “walking with…” when I can hold a hand, see a face, hear a voice, etc., than to try and understand the abstract notion of walking “with” an intangible, inaudible, and …

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Connecting Point: April 23, 2017

April 23 Connecting Point

Did you ever hear that old adage, there is strength in numbers?  People who believe the same things have a tendency to support each other.  That support makes the group stronger.  It’s the same with faith.  Christians believe that Christ …

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Connecting Point: April 16, 2017

Easter 2017 Connecting Point

The message of Easter is that those who never knew Jesus in the flesh can still have a close, intimate relationship with him.

This belief that Jesus lives gives joy, meaning, and direction to our lives.

Every day we can …

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Connecting Point: April 9, 2017

April 9 connecting point

Why should we make time to join the Community in prayer?

Many of us have heard a friend or relative say, “I don’t go to church much anymore because I don’t get much out of it and I can pray …

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Connecting Point: April 2, 2017

April 2 Connecting Point

None of us can live fully without hope.  Daily, we encounter people who are lacking in hope.
They need an encouraging word, a smile, a listening ear, the promise of a prayer.
The simple assurance that someone cares, and that …

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Connecting Point: March 26, 2017

March 26 Connecting Point

How often do we enter a dark room and automatically reach for the “light switch”?

We take for granted that the lights will come on, but what would we do without the light? Our initial reaction may be disorientation, even …

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Connecting Point: March 19, 2017

Make time to listen to what God may be saying to you this week.

Once asked by the person in the Correctional Facility: “how would you be kind for someone who hurt you and treat you like the enemy?” I was not able to give him my definite reply but engaged him in a …

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Connecting Point: March 5, 2017

March 5, 2017 Connecting Point

 

This week, I decided to do my Connecting Point reflection on video.

Go ahead, watch it!…

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Connecting Point: February 26, 2017

How can I be more generous by providing for others?

Generosity is not something that we can only consider when we reach that certain benchmark or higher level of income.

Providing for others doesn’t need to be dependent on our financial means.

We can look for ways to be more …

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Connecting Point: February 19, 2017

To be kind and to forgive others sounds “anemic” to few people. Ending conflict requires much courage, inner strength and maturity, rather than to strike back.  Although striking back is easy for some to return offenses, our kindness has never …

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Connecting Point: February 12, 2017

February 12 Connecting Point

It can be very tempting to share what’s on your mind in the moment. Whether it’s with a friend over coffee, or for the whole world to see on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or even in a text, we want our …

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Connecting Point: February 5, 2017

Maybe you have never been a person who enjoys controversy or find it difficult to step out of the shadow of anonymity to be a spokesperson for what is “right”, but as a Christian, a disciple of Christ,  that is …

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Connecting Point: January 29, 2017

January 29, 2017 Connecting Point

How can I be more generous with my love?
We are all loving people God created us with love, in love and for love. Unfortunately, there are times when our humanity gets in the way of sharing that love freely …

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Connecting Point: January 22, 2017

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St. Paul reminds proclaims in the second reading that the people should be united in Christ when presented with the news that the people are divided. We must also remain united in our lives. It is easy to build a …

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Connecting Point: January 8

How far am I willing to go to share the light of Christ with others

Sharing the light of Christ. We’ve all heard that expression and we know that we should be doing that, but often we resist if it means stepping outside of our comfort zone. Have you ever seen someone who looked sad, …

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Connecting Point: January 1

Can I bring someone back to church as a part of my 2017 Resolution?

As we ring in the new year, we think of ways to better ourselves; set goals; and make pledges. Usually these are to become better versions of ourselves: losing weight, running a marathon, saving money, spending more time with family …

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Connecting Point: December 25

How can I spread the joy of Christmas beyond the day and season?

Christmas is the joyful celebration that our God is a God who is
“Emanuel”, meaning “God With Us”. Beyond the Christmas Season, God will
continue to be “with us” every day. One way to help us to continue the
spirit …

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Connecting Point: December 18

December 18 Connecting Point

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Connecting Point: December 11

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Connecting Point: December 4

How can I be a light to those living in darkness?

Only by being faithful to the giver of LIGHT we can bridge to somebody’s shattered world emerge into the brightness of life. Nightfall cannot drive out dark; only when light dissipates into the darkness; same thing on animosity which cannot …

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Connecting Point: November 27

How do I reflect the light of Gods love?

As we enter this Advent season, we focus on light coming out of the darkness. We live in a country & world that is more divisive than ever. How are you going to be reflect the light and love of …

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Connecting Point: November 20

How will Jesus' example on the cross inspire me to be more merciful

Christ on the Cross, crowned with thorns, is paradoxically God’s supreme image of the kingdom – life lived for others, even unto death; serving God and helping our vulnerable and forgotten brothers and sisters. It’s an ICON OF MERCY transformed …

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