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Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Lent (Cycle B)

Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Lent (Cycle B)

Reading I: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 Reading II: Romans 8:31b-34 GOSPEL: Mark 9:2-10 God Has Your Back Sometimes life can be hard. For many people in the world today, life is always hard. Yet in the first lines of today’s second reading from Romans, St. Paul...

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Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Lent (Cycle B)

Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Lent (Cycle B)

Reading I: Genesis 9:8-15 Reading II: 1 Peter 3:18-22 GOSPEL: Mark 1:12-15 The Rainbow Connection When my brother was a toddler, he surprised us all one day. It was bath time and we heard a splash. There was my brother, playing in the bathtub in his footie pajamas. He...

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Challenge: Difficult Time

Challenge: Difficult Time

It’s not easy to believe unfailingly in God – but that’s exactly what we’re called to do. It's the foundation of our relationship with the Lord but sometimes we fail to see how active God is in our lives! With that in mind, here's your REAL Challenge for the week:...

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Challenge: Baptismal Call

Challenge: Baptismal Call

Christians often struggle to unite our belief in God with what we actually do in our everyday lives. But through our Baptism, we are called to be Christ’s presence in a world that desperately needs the Good News of love and forgiveness! With that in mind, here's your...

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Challenge: Get Excited

Challenge: Get Excited

It's easy to think of being Christian as something that's solemn and low-key, especially since our "celebration" at Mass every week isn't what most people would call a party. Yes, there are sacred times and prayerful gatherings, but Christians have a LOT to truly...

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FAITH…

Faith is a journey.

FAITH isn’t a destination; it’s a journey.

RESPECT is the foundation for everything that we do. We start by respecting each other. We respect our friends, our peers, our parents, all life, and all of God’s creation. If we can’t meet the challenge of showing respect, then we’ll fail the other three challenges!

ENGAGE is what we do in order to move ahead. We don’t disengage from life… we fully participate! We engage with each other and with the activities that are presented to us. We understand that the more of ourselves we put into something, the more we’ll get out!

ACCEPT is a word that’s easy to say but hard to live! We strive to accept each other as we are. We want to accept each other because of our differences, not in spite of them. We believe that God made us all unique and loves us all, so the least we can do is accept one another!

LIVE is the final challenge we give ourselves. The only way to share the Good News is to live it every day. And we choose to live the other three challenges every day as well: RESPECT, ENGAGE & ACCEPT. When we add LIVE to the other three, we end up Keeping It REAL!

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