What are you looking for?

01-17-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

What are you looking for? The question rings out from Jesus to us just as it did tor his first disciples. What are we looking for? Do we really think that this world with all its chaos and empty promises has anything to offer? It certainly can never satisfy. Instead of looking for answers from the government or self-proclaimed “experts”, let’s take seriously Jesus’ invitation, “Come and see”.

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Come and You Will See

01-17-2021Weekly Reflection© LPi

Our faith is not just about ideas. It’s really about having an encounter with God and, in particular, the Risen Christ! Once we give ourselves over to the notion of God’s presence, we have to train ourselves to listen for God’s voice and be attentive to God’s call. Having companions on our faith journeys is so incredibly important as they can help us fine-tune our listening skills and discern God’s voice from others we may be hearing. Faith is all about having these profound encounters not only with God but with our brothers and sisters, and creation itself. Anyone or anything that is alive with God’s presence becomes an occasion for God to speak and call us to deeper graces and experiences. “Come, and you will see.”

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Jesus' Baptism

01-10-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

At Jesus’ baptism, God the Father speaks, “You are My beloved Son, with You I am well -pleased.”

When we are re-born in the waters of baptism, we receive this same expression of love and delight from our Father. Jesus makes it possible for all of us to be born again into the relationship God always wanted for us.

Though sin blurs and distorts our relationship, God has kept his promise to baptize not only with water, but with “the Holy Spirit and fire” (see Mt 3:11). Jesus’ baptism wipes away sin and implants divine life in us. This is not just some nice religious phrase. Once baptized, we really have

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Lived & Spoken

01-10-2021Weekly Reflection©LPi

We need history. We need it in order to understand ourselves, personally and collectively. The pieces of our histories may not have always been the most positive, honest, exemplary, dignified, proud and best moments of our lives, but they are ours. We have to acknowledge, remember, accept, and often heal them. We cannot forget them or pretend that they never existed. As horrible as the atrocities of events like Auschwitz, brutal injustices committed throughout the human journey, or personal painful experiences in our own stories, we need to remember. These times when humanity in general or people in particular have lost their way are times that need to be reconciled and redeemed.

If we lose the memories, we will make the same mistakes again. The human soul needs a strong sense of affirmation, direction, and clear purpose. Without these essentials, we will easily run amuck and repeat the sins of our past. God’s voice throughout history has spoken precisely about this! We are reminded through the voices and example of many prophets and witnesses not to make the same mistakes again, come back to center, discover the purpose given to us by God, maintain a sense of proper direction, seek healing for wounds and be reconciled to our Creator.

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