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Living the Way of Love: Week 4 – Lenten Reflection: What is in our Heart?

What is in our Heart? Fourth Week of Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. Luke 15:31 “Righteousness is not about rules written on paper, but the love of God written on our hearts. Righteousness has nothing to do with self and everything to do with loving others … because of our love for Jesus.”  Ann Weems, Stars for Righteousness, Putting the Amazing Back into Grace (1999) Do you ever wonder who you would have been if you were gathered around Jesus and hearing [...]

Living the Way of Love: Week 4 – Lenten Reflection: What is in our Heart?2019-04-03T15:36:42+00:00

Living the Way of Love: Week 3 – Lenten Reflection: Cultivating Our Souls

Cultivating Our Souls Third Week of Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission “I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it that it may bear fruit in the future.” Luke 13:8-9 One of my favorite books to read during Lent is Judy Cannato’s Quantum Grace. I return to it year after year. I am particularly drawn to her reminder that “Love demands seeing that we are connected” (p.80). The tricky piece for me is that it is easy to forget the connectedness in a culture of divide and conquer, scarcity and greed, and fear and [...]

Living the Way of Love: Week 3 – Lenten Reflection: Cultivating Our Souls2019-03-28T21:00:54+00:00

Living the Way of Love: Week 2 – Lenten Reflection: The Way of Connection

The Way of Connection Second Week of Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission “But I say to you who listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. …. Do to others as you would have them do to you. … expecting nothing in return… Be merciful, just as our God is merciful. Do not judge, do not condemn, Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; …The good person brings good things out of the good [...]

Living the Way of Love: Week 2 – Lenten Reflection: The Way of Connection2019-03-27T20:28:51+00:00

Living the Way of Love: Week 1 – Lenten Reflection: The Path of Wholeness

“Living the Way of Love” The Path of Wholeness First Week of Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13 …. When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.”  Luke 4: 1, 13 The first Sunday of Lent we heard Luke’s telling of the temptations of Jesus. Temptations are the desire to do something, especially something unwise or wrong. Fr. Richard Rohr writes that the three temptations that Jesus faced “are all temptations to the misuse of [...]

Living the Way of Love: Week 1 – Lenten Reflection: The Path of Wholeness2019-03-14T21:56:42+00:00

Living the Way of Love: Ash Wednesday – Lenten Reflection: Check Your Attitude

Check Your Attitude Ash Wednesday, 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission Even now … return to me with your whole heart. Joel 2:12 Brothers and sisters: We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20 Jesus said to his disciples: "Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them … Matthew 1:6 Today our Lenten journey formally begins. We have prepared our homes and our hearts. As we begin this journey, let’s pause a moment to check our attitude, our frame of mind. Simply defined an attitude [...]

Living the Way of Love: Ash Wednesday – Lenten Reflection: Check Your Attitude2019-03-14T21:57:00+00:00