Recent Reflections

 

Let Nothing Be Wasted - Family Reflection Video

“Gather the fragments left over so that nothing will be wasted.” Picture this: it’s a beautiful Sunday in the Easter Spring of 1955. The pastor, Father Wilfrid Ouellette, is distributing communion and whispering rhythmically, “Corpus Domini Nostri Jesus Christi, custodiat animam tuam in vitam...

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Courage to be True: Family Reflection Video

During the past weeks of Easter, we have seen the apostles celebrating on a happy Palm Sunday, sharing the Passover with their Lord, and having their hopes wiped out as they witnessed His crucifixion.

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God So Loves the World - Family Reflection Video

“God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.” Have words more beautiful and more true ever been spoken? Yet how do they reach into hearts that seem lost?

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Born Again in Water and Spirit: Family Reflection Video

Two curious young adults approached a Zen master and asked, “How do we attain peace in our lives?” The master replied, “There are two creatures inside of us. One feeds on anger, resentment, bitterness, frustration, fear, and doubts. The other feeds on mercy, forgiveness, compassion,...

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San Giovanni Rotondo - Family Reflection Video

Father Charles Matusik, C.S.C. died in 1996, we discovered among his papers a letter written to his parents when he was a young soldier in Italy in WWII. What a letter. He wrote: “Dear Mom and Dad, Something amazing happened to me! I went to visit a well-known priest in San Giovanni Rotundo. He...

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The Expectant Hope of Easter

St. John the Evangelist bravely stands vigil alongside the Blessed Virgin Mary at the foot of the Cross, with his own mother, "looking on from afar" (Matthew 27:55). In the most incredible act of love, Jesus strains to fill His lungs with air, and with just a few words, gives Mary to the world...

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The Resurrection of Jesus: What Difference Does It Make? - Family Reflection Video

In the Liturgy, it’s Easter all week - a full celebration of the Resurrection. But let me ask you, what difference does it make? What difference will the Resurrection make in your life and in mine?

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Do You Have Anything to Eat? Family Reflection Video

Much will be made during these days right after Easter about the different ways that Jesus appeared to His disciples after He rose from the dead. The early Christian community felt it was important to publicize these happenings as proof that He rose from the dead.

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Praying In Easter Light

Not too long ago, our seven-year-old grandson was looking through some 1950’s family photo albums. We explained to him how he was related to the various family members in the pictures.

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e-Books

 

Why is Lent 40 Days?

A Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent
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Lift Up Your Hearts

(Re)Discovering the Mass This Lent
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Transform Your Family This Lent

Each year, the Church gives us the Lenten season to help us reorient our lives toward God.
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5 Last-Minute Lenten Practices

There are several quick things that can be incorporated last-minute as a Lenten practice...
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Lent Tree

What is a Lent Tree?
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Five Ideas to Celebrate the Easter Season

Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
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Easter's Over...Now What?

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Activities

As you and your family journey through Lent, we offer a few recipes to
help you abstain from meat. May the sacrifice of meatless meals, guide
your family to grow in holiness together.

New England Clam Chowder

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Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

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Shrimp and Cabbage Stir-Fry

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Yellow Rice

With Black Beans and Corn...
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Tuna Casserole

Not Your Mother's Tuna Casserole...
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Enchiladas

Meatless Enchiladas
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Spinach, Shrimp, and Tomato Pasta

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Minestrone Soup

A simple healthy soup...
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