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God gives each person a unique mission

John Connelly

July 7, 2014
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 13, 2014

I am sitting here drinking my morning coffee with my young son Nicholas snuggling me and looking over my shoulder as I type these words. It is an ordinary moment and it is also extraordinary. Nicholas is a true character. Last night he slept alone in a tent on our land. This says a lot about who God is. God creates each one of us uniquely because he loves authentic diversity. We are all different because we each have a personal mission. A specific mission with specific gifts and talents to fulfill a specific purpose.

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You become whatever you contemplate

John Connelly

June 9, 2014
Trinity Sunday
June 15, 2014

There is a simple law that governs all human existence. It is a reality that we should think about and ponder daily. St. Augustine stated it this way: "Whatever we contemplate, we become." When we contemplate something, we take it inside us. It becomes part of us and has a profound effect on who we are. The word "contemplate" means to gaze upon something, to allow something to occupy our mind and heart.

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The Lord's promise: 'I make all things new'

John Connelly

May 12, 2014
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 18, 2014

In the Book of Revelation, Jesus says, "Behold, I make all things new" (21.5). We should all take comfort in these life-giving words. Jesus takes the old and, through his divine and saving power, makes it new. Yesterday, I was present in the hospital as my father Pat Connelly passed away. It was a dramatic reminder of the need for the saving power and presence of God. As I reflect on Dad's death, I am amazed by how short this life really is.

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Will Christ be alive in me today

John Connelly

April 14, 2014
Easter Sunday
April 20, 2014

Jesus is risen! This is the sacred cry of the Church in this holy season. We celebrate the reality that Jesus has overcome death so that we might all have eternal life. The question we need to ask ourselves is – Is Jesus risen in me? Is he alive in me today?

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Jesus wants worship to be in Spirit, Truth

John Connelly

March 17, 2014
Third Sunday of Lent
March 23, 2014

What is God, Our Father, looking for? What ultimately does God want from you and me? Jesus answers these questions in this week's Gospel: God is looking for worshippers. Authentic worshippers who will worship him in Spirit and truth. >Worship is the deepest calling of the Church. It is an act of total surrender and love which allows our inner being to enter fully the loving presence of God.

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We are living temples of the Holy Spirit

John Connelly

February 17, 2014
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 23, 2014

St. Paul poses a great question in this Sunday's reading from 1 Corinthians: "Brothers and sisters: Do you not realize that you are the temple of God, and that God's Spirit dwells in you?"

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Earthly attachments keep us from soaring

John Connelly

January 20, 2014
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 26, 2014

In this week's Gospel, Jesus calls to each of us and says, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

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Advent – a time of waiting for the Divine Physician

John Connelly

December 16, 2013
Fourth Sunday in Advent
December 22, 2013

The last few days I have not been feeling well. Some sort of winter flu in my chest, causing the usual aches and pains. I am always amazed how our perspective changes when we are not well. We become lethargic, withdrawn and generally miserable with the thoughts looped in our brain. I hope I get better soon.

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Christ the King can heal our broken world

John Connelly

November 18, 2013
Christ the King
November 24, 2013

We all need a king. Someone who can reign over us in this life and in the life to come.

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Pope Francis exemplifies the humble soul

John Connelly

October 21, 2013
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 27, 2013

All of us have a Pharisee within. It is that part of us that wants to judge others and justify our actions. It is that part that wants to feel superior to others. It is that part which refuses to see the truth of the words of Jesus: "Without me you can do nothing" (John 15.5).

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