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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 19, 2018

Most of us have had the privilege of holding a newborn infant.  The child has nothing to offer but itself, no words of wisdom, no song or dance, just itself.  You come away from that moment changed. At least for a ... Read More »

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 9, 2018

It was 1983; I was 25 years old and in the midst of my deacon internship at an east-side Madison parish.  For a lot of reasons it was not going well.  So after much thought, prayer, and probably a little bit ... Read More »

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 5, 2018

It’s one of those things that your doctor doesn’t want to hear from you: “I just don’t have an appetite.”  It shouts: something is not right. An appetite – a desire for food, is a good thing. It’s not really a ... Read More »

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 29, 2018

July 29th was a special day in our family; it was Grandma’s birthday.  She was born 114 years ago today. She must have been on my mind this week when I was praying these scriptures because all I could think about ... Read More »

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 22, 2018

Words matter.  Whether they are spoken face-to-face or left on a voicemail; whether they are typed with two fingers or with ten or written with a Sharpie on a post-it note: words matter.  They are powerful. 

And our words often betray ... Read More »

Fifteenth Sunday on Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Fifteenth Sunday on Ordinary Time

July 15, 2018

Eighteen years ago today/yesterday the church celebrated the funeral of Fr. Herman Strub of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa.  You don’t know him, but he was one of the best professors I ever had in college.  He was amazing: brilliant, energetic, ... Read More »

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time  - July 8, 2012

 

Overheard in conversation this week between two guys:  

“Isn’t this heat terrible?”

“Actually I’m not complaining”

“Really?  You like this heat?”

“No.  But I complain all winter about the cold so I figure I can’t have it both ... Read More »

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 1, 2018

To life!  To life!  L’chai-im! L’chai-im, l’chai-im, to life!

Anyone familiar with “Fiddler on the Roof” will immediately be reminded of that iconic song of Tevye and his friend, Lazar.  Those words could well be the psalm of response today.  In ... Read More »

Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist

Posted by Brenda Collins

Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist

June 24, 2018

Gregory Christ, Carlene Ann, Katherine Lynn, Paul Karl, Walter Karl, Robert Paul, Ann Marie – these are the names that my parents gave to my siblings.  And of course, Gary Lee…a name that has no connection to ... Read More »

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 17, 2018

You’ve heard it said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”  What I say to you is, “Sweat the small stuff; it’s the stuff that going to matter the most.”  Remember - it was tender shoot that was planted on the mountain; it ... Read More »