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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 10, 2019

I am on a mission.  It’s a personal thing, I suppose, and an uphill battle, but I’m not giving up.  I’m on a mission to rid the world of shame. Shame is that painful feeling that strikes the core of who ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 3, 2019

In business we call them consultants.  In politics, lobbyists. In academics they are referred to as guest lecturers.  If you want to convince your clients or constituency or classroom of something, to move them in a particular direction or to justify ... Read More »

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 27, 2019

Ezra got on his soapbox and proclaimed from scriptures, interpreting them as he went for four, five, six hours straight.  I thought I’d give that a try today. (NOT!)

But that day was a very special day.  That day the people ... Read More »

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 20, 2019

I am sometimes reminded, and still amazed at how Mom could go shopping on Saturday morning, grocery list in hand, and come away with everything she needed to feed a family of ten for a whole week.  I’m not so sure ... Read More »

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Posted by Brenda Collins

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

January 13, 2018

What brings you to your knees in prayer?  What stops us in our tracks and compels us to bow our heads to God in prayer?  A health crisis?  Falling in love?  Being betrayed by a loved one?  Wounded body ... Read More »

Feast of the Epiphany

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Feast of the Epiphany

January 6, 2019

Curiosity. They say it killed the cat.  We know it gave identity to a monkey named George.  But it also gave us Epiphany! That’s what started it all: curiosity.  What else could it be that got the magi to follow this strange ... Read More »

Mary Mother of God

Posted by Brenda Collins

Mary Mother of God

January 1, 2018

(Fake a sneeze…and hopefully, get a “Bless You” from the congregation)    That was a fake sneeze, of course, but you got it…when someone sneezes we offer a blessing.  We don’t think of it as such too often; it’s more of a polite ... Read More »

Feast of the Holy Family

Posted by Brenda Collins

Feast of the Holy Family

December 30, 2018 

Wouldn’t you love to know what Mary said to her son that day in Jerusalem?  We know that it was not Luke’s intention to give us a historical documentation of what happened, but rather to tell the bigger story of Jesus.  ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted by Brenda Collins

Fourth Sunday of Advent

12-23-18

Homily by Deacon Dennis Sutter

A few weeks ago, I was visiting an inmate in prison, Thomas, who I’ve known for about 9 years, and I try to see him every month. As usual, as we sat down, I asked him how he was ... Read More »

Christmas Midnight and Day

Posted by Brenda Collins

Christmas Midnight and Day

December 24-25, 2018

 [After proclaiming the beginning of the Gospel according Matthew]   -   Well, that was fun.  It took just under three minutes to cover forty-two generations.  (And it is, honestly, the beginning of the Gospel according to Matthew.  I didn’t make it up!  And ... Read More »