• Holidays and Holy Days

    Thank God for the Kind People

    Tip of the Day: Today, try two quirky random acts of kindness – one in the morning and one in the evening.  Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Saturday of Fifth Week of Lent   Reflection of the Day: I can figure out two reasons why Jesus annoyed the people of his time.  The first is the traditional understanding.  The political and religious leadership thought he was getting too popular and might usurp their respective spheres of power and authority.  That’s understandable, even if not noble.  But the other reason you and I can relate to.  Sometimes individual who are kind, humble, giving and content can make us jealous,…

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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…

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    Pass on the Power of Prayer

    Tip of the Day:        Pray for 6 minutes while you listen to the “The Prayer” Verse of the Day:         Bible Readings for Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent   Reflection of the Day: Abraham is Father and Patriarch to Jews, Christians & Muslims.  God told our Father Abraham that he and his descendants must keep his covenant throughout the ages.  I can’t speak for other ages, but our age is not doing so well.  How can we, the “People of the Book”, betray our roots and our God so often in the way we discriminate and express hate and carry out violence toward those who are not of…

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    The Truth Will Set You Free

    Tip of the Day: Listen to a classic rendition of the civil war “Battle Hymn.”  Try to re-imagine it as an anthem to truth and freedom in Jesus.   Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reflection of the Day: The most difficult part of a difficult situation can be the fear that an embarrassing, or even shameful, situation becomes known. We are frequently surprised that the world des not end when the truth becomes known.  Even though it’s rocky and painful for awhile, it most times is liberating and freeing – especially when we remain with Jesus during these times.

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    Let God Carry You

    Tip of the Day: Reflect on the hardest thing you want to stay true to or to avoid.  Give that over the God and let God carry you steadfastly through today.  Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent  Reflection of the Day: Sprinters are usually more fun to watch than marathoners.  They definitely appeal to my attention span.  We need their bursts of energy to inspire us and get us going, but we also need to recognize that most things require more than a sprint.  And there is no contradiction between the two.  Even marathoners sometimes have to inject a short-term burst of…

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    Jesus Forgives You & Loves You

    Tip of the Day: Think in your own head about something bad you’ve done and felt guilty about.  Realize that Jesus knows about it, forgives you and loves you. Verse of the Day:    Bible Readings for Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent  Reflection of the Day: 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…

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    The Cross of Jesus Provides Hope

    Tip of the Day:   Say a prayer for a person you feel has treated you unfairly – even if he or she is still doing so. Verse of the Day:        Bible Readings for Saturday of Fourth Week of Lent  Reflection of the Day: As it gets closer to Holy Week, we focus more closely on the terrible price that Jesus paid to win our salvation.  This is not a “pretty” part of the story of our salvation.  It is profound, central and essential.  The movie, The Passion of the Christ, a few years ago was a bit too gory for my tastes, but it left no doubt of the…

  • 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…