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Reflection June 16, 2024

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson “Now this is how it is.” That is what He said. That is what Jesus the Son of God said. The people at that time listened to Him but did not all hear. We in our time must both listen and hear, for our lives in heaven depend on it....

Reflection July 14, 2024

by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson The Twelve hear the message of Jesus and are sent forth to preach the Good News. His instructions are a checklist for missionaries that includes how to react to hospitality and its opposite. “Travel light” is the watchword when you pack not...

Reflection July 7, 2024

by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson For centuries now the Church has acknowledged that St. Francis of Assisi is so much more than the model for a popular garden statue. In fact, he has been frequently described as “a second Christ” for his exemplary holiness. But like many a...

Reflection June 30, 2024

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson Like flies at a garden party, sickness and death are never welcome. But nevertheless, they hover over our lives on earth and often descend just when it is most inconvenient. When they hurt the most, interrupting our plans and...

Reflection June 23, 2024

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson We are approaching the 24th anniversary of a thrilling, gripping, and terrifying film called “The Perfect Storm.” It was especially for me because I have a fear of deep water, probably because I never learned to swim. Based on a...

Reflection June 9,2024

I’m told that 7 is the number. Not the “Lucky 7,” or even the “Magic 7.” Just that 7 is the age when young Junior (or Jane) reaches the “age of reason.” By that our Church means that he or she knows the difference between right and wrong. What that means is that the...

Reflection June 2, 2024

We never forget certain days. They could be historic, like the first landing on the moon, or personal, like your birthday, or a combination of both, like the date of your wedding. More to the point of today’s feast, comes the date of your First Holy Communion. If...

Reflection 5-26-2024

Most of the powerful sellers, like Amazon and Walmart, will automatically follow up a sale with a request for an evaluation. They’ll pose questions like “How was the buying process?” or “What rating do you give the product?” The same holds for doctors and hospitals,...

Reflection 5-19-2024

We see and hear and all but feel the tremendous power of towering rockets aimed for long travel in space when we watch TV coverage of a launch from Cape Canaveral. This has happened so often that our initial fascination with this has waned considerably. We now have a...

Reflection 5-12-2023

Sweet sonnets and lovely songs have been written in which one partner tells his/her beloved other that “you’re always on my mind.” That’s how love affects thought patterns, no matter one’s age. It is a fit subject for wonder and praise. An intimate thing. A beautiful...