John Pearring's collection of Reflections
Steve Hall's collection of Reflections
Reflections for Steve Leininger, Lou Occhi, Tim Trainor, and Norm McGraw
Norm McGraw - God knows our weaknesses - God knows how weak we humans can be. That’s why He continually prods us to be good.
John Pearring - We vacuum instead of listen - We straighten up the world to escape from dealing with humanity, which we think is just a godless bunch of losers. We vacuum. We watch TV.
Lou Occhi - We have to become lights in the darkness that currently exists. We rejoice in the love of our God and spread that love in whatever our Lord wants.
Steve Hall - Kept things, dragged through life - Many things are kept because they once seemed important; with the passing of time their value diminishes and they end up in the dustbin.
John Pearring - Witness and be Jesus' close friend - The way to become one of Jesus’ close friends is to let his Holy Spirit lead us to witness. Elijah allowed that to happen. Moses did too.
Persistence is an important element of our faith - Tim Trainor - Do we desire the kind of faith that leads us to persist, as 2 Timothy suggests, whether it is convenient or inconvenient?
Hear, O Israel! God is the Lord. God is one! - Steve Hall - Why did God empower him so greatly? It is found in the Shema, the essential prayer of faith of all Judaism.
Jesus liked recruiting siblings - John Pearring - We begin with blood brothers and sisters, or those from a spiritual brotherhood. Soon, there is no difference. We end up in kinship with Jesus.
Angels allow what God allows - John Pearring - Angels aren’t afraid of demons. Leaving demons to do their dirty deeds, then, is something angels have to do.
Will we ever learn? - Steve Hall - Has humanity progressed at all? Have we simply become more sophisticated in the ills and evils we continue to perpetrate?
Angels go where God is - John Pearring - God's Trinitarian persons are one thing (pun intended), but asking his followers to ingest his DNA to transform us is almost incomprehensible.
Assigned seats at Jesus' Feast? - Steve Hall -It is well known, however, that a claim of importance is not always evidenced in the life of one making that claim.
God in himself - Norm McGraw - When we accept God in our lives, we accept the mystery of the Trinity as “the mystery of God in himself.”
Be faithful for the Church - John Pearring - Love is the way to measure fruitful relationships in the Church against petty manipulation and power plays.
Wealth & fame while the clock is ticking - Steve Hall - The incidentals of life — abundance and deprivation, pleasure and pain, wealth and poverty — are just that, incidentals and of little account.
Angels go where God is - John Pearring - Jesus taught we would be tempted to drop our cross, give up on those we are meant to serve. Watch out for those things that take us off course.
We have one Father - Tim Trainor - We know that the Son of God never contradicts himself.
Once upon a time . . . John Pearring - From entertainment venues for escape. From comedy pitches and jokes for relief. We exchange gossip as story-telling. Stories form us.
Reason over scripture & tradition? - Steve Hall - The mind and its “good sense”—that is to say, human reason—are the only basis for judging whether a thing is true. Really?
Hand written, 1st Century theology - John Pearring - In one sentence penned by St. Paul, we see the theology of heaven and Jesus' reign.
God measures stuff - John Pearring - Some of us are bothered by God measuring out gifts, blessings, and even faith, as Romans reported. We Americans have a distaste for measures.
Names written in heaven - Steve Hall - “Do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,”Jesus says, “but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
From chants to missionaries - Norm McGraw - Reflecting on Saint Gregory’s accomplishments in spreading the gospel and Saint Paul’s message to his fellow Christians. 9/3/22
Steve Leininger - My “October Surprise” this year was a letter from Colorado state saying I owe them enough additional money to get my attention.