• Holidays and Holy Days,  JustLove,  Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth

    The Church and Youth & Continuing to Make Lent Great Again!

    On this episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan will be speaking with  Fred Parrella, Professor of Theology in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University in California,  and Mehnaz Afridi, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College in the Bronx.  Msgr. Sullivan and Prof. Parrella – who has been teaching at the Jesuit university based in Silicon Valley for 40 years – will be discussing the religious faith and practice of today’s college students, and what their often self-description as “spiritual, but not religious” bodes for the future, and what – if anything – can be done to counter this trend. Prof. Afridi – who is also the…

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    Join Your Trial with Jesus

    Tip of the day: Reflect on a difficult, maybe unfair, situation you’re facing.  Deal with it as directly as you can. Stay true to your values and join your trial with Jesus and his cross.      Verse of the day: Bible Readings for Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent  Reflection of the day: It was perfect in the Garden of Eden – not so much since then.  If you want to blame it on Adam & Eve and the apple, fine with me. In any case we live in a world that is not perfect and very unfair at times.  It’s more unfair to some than others, but we…

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    Be Your Brother or Sister’s Keeper

    Tip of the Day: Help somebody whose need I have been ignoring and rationalizing by saying it’s not my problem.  Be your brother or sister’s keeper, but, don’t be condescending.   Bible Readings for Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent    Reflection of the Day: Sometimes God lets his anger out and let’s us know he’s fed up with us not listening to His commands.  If we examine ourselves we know it’s true.  And sometimes we concentrate so hard on avoiding what God tells us not to do that we forget that he bulk of his commands have to do with treating each other well, especially when someone is…

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    Sing Out God’s Goodness

    Tip of the Day:           Listen to a different take on the power of Jesus love and presence in the midst of adversity. Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent   Reflection of the Day: Sometimes human analogies are helpful in thinking about our relationship with God.  I recently heard someone say the most important thing she valued in a relationship was time spent with the other person.  Put negatively, she was not interested in having a relationship with someone unwilling to spend time with her.  Gifts, money, pedigree, etc. all came in a distant second to “spending time.”  God has so much to…

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    “I was sick, and you visited Me”

    Tip of the Day: Visit a friend in the hospital, nursing home or homebound.  At least call him or her. Verse of the Day:             Bible Readings for Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent   Reflection of the Day: Our words are not as powerful and miraculous as Jesus telling a man to pick up his mat and walk, but let’s not underestimate the healing power of solidarity with someone who is ill and suffering. Emotional or psychological isolation and separation are added burdens to many who are struggling with serious illnesses.  

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    Stop Worrying and Just Thank God

    Tip of the Day:  Listen to Hallelujah   Bible Readings for Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reflection of the Day: Periodically it’s worth taking time off from complaining about trials and tribulations, worrying about problems and asking for things we think we need. God gets tired and so do we.  Both God and we need a break.  Now mind you, complaining, worrying and asking are legit – and we better do them a lot, but not incessantly. Reflect on one or two good things that have happened to you recently – even if you are generally going through a bad time. Say a simple thank you God and…

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    Announcing Jesus Coming to Mary – Take a Break from Lenten Practices

    Tip of the Day: What’s the Lenten practice this year that’s the hardest for you: Hanging with God, Discipline or Helping Others?  Don’t worry about it today.  Today, you can take a break from it.  It will give you renewed incentive to begin again tomorrow for the second half of Lent.   Bible Readings for the Fest of the Annunciation on Saturday of the Third Week of Lent    Reflection of the Day:           No reflection today – I’m taking my mid-Lent break also!   

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    Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

    Tip of the Day:      Think of somebody in a difficult situation – maybe a neighbor, maybe a relative, maybe a stranger whom you pass on the sidewalk or by the side of the road. Don’t just walk by today or put off reaching out until tomorrow.  Reach out as you would like to be helped if you were in that difficulty situation.    Verse of the Day:      Bible Readings for Friday of the Third Week of Lent   Reflection of the Day:     We religious people, many times, make religion too complicated.  It’s good that God bursts through and calls us back to basics: Love God a…

  • JustLove,  Protecting and Nurturing Children and Youth,  Supporting the Physically & Emotionally Challenged

    Remembering International Down’s Syndrome Day & Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

    On this week’s JustLove episode, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with Katie Driscoll, Founder of Changing the Face of Beauty and Kristy Chau, Education Director of the Kennedy Child Study Center, a Catholic Charities affiliated agency. On the show, Katie Driscoll discusses with Monsignor her founding of Changing the Face of Beauty, its successes so far, and what her hopes are for the future of including people with differing abilities in all facets of the mainstream media.  Msgr. Sullivan and Kristy will be discussing her work at the Kennedy Child Study Center, where she directs all activities at 16 classrooms serving the developmentally disabled, ensuring that each student receives an education that is appropriate for his or…

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    Focus on God and NOT on You

    Tip of the day: Take 15 minutes to read the Bible today.  In the first 5 minutes read both Jeremiah 7:23-28 and Luke 11:14-23. In the next 5 minutes pick one verse that strikes you and think about it the last 5 minutes to figure out one concrete way you will follow up on that verse.   Verse of the day:            Bible Readings for Thursday of the Third Week of Lent   Reflection of the day: Thanks to the printing press the Bible became the all-time bestseller. I haven’t yet seen the comps on the e-version or social media fronts. It’s o.k. that the Bible doesn’t top Beyonce’s prego…