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    Second Sunday of Lent – We’re not of this world.

    Today’s second reading: Philippians 3:20-41 Brothers and sisters: Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself. Our citizenship may be in heaven, but it is on Earth where we hang out every day. Heaven may be our goal, but Earth is the rocky path we’re on. Jesus contributes to our “ambiguous” state.  He told us as he was leaving, that we were staying.  He dropped a nice phrase for us to deal with: “You’re…

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    First Sunday of Lent – The Commandments

    We get gipped with this Sunday’s first reading.  We only get to hear 7 (vv.4-10) of the 29 verses of Deuteronomy 26. We miss some important parts. I cheated and had the lector read verses 1-12. They’re too good to pass up. I recommend you read the whole chapter this first week of Lent.  What’s in it? This chapter contains core elements of the Old Testament. God chooses refugee nomads from modern day Aleppo to form into the Jewish people. These people become slaves in Egypt and then God frees them for the oppression of Egypt. Israel receives and accepts the commandments of the covenant. God makes Israel his own and fulfills…

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    The 91st Academy Awards and Fashion

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor brings in one of the Academy Award nominees for Best Documentary Shorts, and he also talks about fashion as Fashion Week comes to an end. Charlotte Silverman is an Alum of Oakwood High School in North Hollywood, California and a Producer of one of this year’s Academy Award-nominated Documentary Short Films: “Period. End of Sentence.” During this weekend when everyone’s attention is focused on this year’s 91st Annual Academy Awards, Charlotte talks about the story behind how she and her fellow students first conceived of producing the documentary, which chronicles their efforts to assist other young girls going through puberty in rural…

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    The University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda and Women in Government

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about equitable and quality healthcare and women in government. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M (Ped.) Ph.D. is a Rwandan pediatrician who serves as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners in Health focused on changing the way health care is delivered around the world by training the next generation of Global Health professionals who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all. Dr. Agnes talks about the training provided at the university and how it can help change health care around the world. Catalina Cruz is the newly elected Assemblywoman…

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    Just Love’s Look at Human Trafficking and the Opioid Crisis

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan takes a look at the human trafficking crisis around the world and how Catholic Charities is helping combat the opioid crisis in New York. Erin D. Phelps is the Strategic Partnership Manager for The Freedom Fund, a London-based non-profit that identifies and invests in efforts to eradicate modern slavery in geographic “hot spots” with high incidences of human trafficking and slavery. Erin shares, not only what modern looks like in practice and who is impacted, but what they can do themselves to help end modern slavery. Megan Robbins is the Community Coalition Coordinator for Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and…

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    Do A Good Thing

    Healing, feeding the hungry, teaching God’s ways, stories of Jesus that taught the important of helping others. There’s much more. Jesus’ whole ministry taught that “doing right by each other” is “doing right by God.” Fortunately, my experience is that people do want to help each other out and very often do so. Good Friday teaches us that the time and type of help we want to provide can’t always be on our terms. Sometimes it will hurt and be inconvenient. Even Jesus asked his Father to make the crucifixion go away. No could do. Neither can all the crosses of our lives go away when we help others.  …

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    Jesus Forgives You and Loves You

    The powerful trio of guilt, blame and responsibility all occupy the same emotion space in our psyche. Well, maybe not exactly the same, but pretty close. Sometimes they even impersonate one another and engage in identity theft. So here’s how I like see them and separate them. (Note: I’m not saying this is THE way to see them, just my way.) Guilt is what I feel about myself when I do something wrong. Blame is what I impute to another when they do something wrong. Responsibility is what I accept for my actions and their consequences. I am not going to spend a lot of time teasing this out or…

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    Don’t Focus on Mistakes

    Reflection: God has an easier time forgiving us than we have forgiving one another, and even forgiving ourselves.  Many times it’s difficult to simply stop doing something wrong, without substituting something positive.  Focusing on a different and better future is more effective than simply lamenting or obsessing over the mistakes (sins) of the past.  Spending some time reflecting on the past to learn and accept responsibility is far different than obsessing and being paralyzed from past missteps.     Tip: If you have a hard time doing something good for someone whom you do not like, instead find someone you do like and do something extra nice.  Remember the father…

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    Stop Worrying and Just Thank God

      Reflection of the Day: Periodically it’s worth taking time off from complaining about trials and tribulations, worrying about problems and asking for what we need things. God gets tired and so do we. Both God and us 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 praise his name. It will make you feel better.     Tip:           Listen to Hallelujah   Click here for…

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    Do A Good Thing

    Tip of the Day: Do one hard thing for another person today.  It won’t be a “crucifixion,” but a little sacrifice is good thing.   Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent     Reflection of the Day: Healing, feeding the hungry, teaching God’s ways, stories of Jesus that taught the important of helping others.  There’s much more.  Jesus’ whole ministry taught that “doing right by each other” is “doing right by God.”  Fortunately, my experience is that people do want to help each other out and very often do so.  Good Friday teaches us that the time and type of help we…