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March 23, 2014 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 4/16/14

The richness of today’s account of the Gospel truly takes volumes to unpack in imagery and intention. Place yourself in the shoes of the woman, for we each have a past we want to hide and yet God knows everything about us. The world shuns the sinful, and yet ... Read More »

March 30, 2014 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 4/16/14

What is your greatest sense: sight, hearing, taste, smell, or touch? Can you imagine going at least a day without the ability to utilize what is innately you? Even if it is just for one activity in your day, see if you can accomplish some- thing that relies on ... Read More »

April 6, 2014 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 4/16/14

Jesus was human; a man with depth of emotions ranging from love to sadness, patience to anger. If our God could be honest about his emotions, develop friendships that stirred his heart, and could deal with disciples who just “couldn’t get it,” how much more are we called to ... Read More »

April 13, 2014 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 4/16/14

The essence of everything we are and believe in is shared at length today. A feast has to first be seen in its entirety, with the awestruck sense of all it holds seen in the heart, before the small bites can be taken, tasted, and understood. The bite-size pieces ... Read More »

December 15, 2013 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 1/12/14

Pastoral Reflection Jesus boldly left behind concrete pieces of evidence of the absolute reality of who he was and is—the Messiah, God among us. What evidence could friends and family use to testify of your steadfast commitment to following Jesus? Each day this week, be conscious to leave proof ... Read More »

December 22, 2013 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 1/12/14

Pastoral Reflection The simplicity of the Gospel still relates to those who are betrothed to objects (cell phones, laptops, iPods) or spend too much time at work, exercising, or socializing without upholding one’s soulful needs to spend time with God. This week, be conscious of how you spend your ... Read More »

December 29, 2014 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 1/12/14

Pastoral Reflection It is a tall order to believe that our subconscious, our dreams, has anything to do with our daily life. Psychologists, and God, too, would disagree! God finds uncanny ways to speak to us. While the essence of the Gospel today is allowing the father (Joseph) to ... Read More »

January 12, 2014 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 1/12/14

Pastoral Reflection The human psyche is similar for all people, even if we don’t want to believe in our shared reality. We all desire approval and need love from our parent(s). Today’s Gospel speaks of the most beautiful relationship that is desired in our hearts. If you are a ... Read More »

January 5, 2014 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 1/12/14

Pastoral Reflection Today’s Gospel uses the word homage many times and yet it is not a word or concept we use very often in current time. What does “to pay homage” mean to you? To whom would you pay homage and how would you choose to do this? In ... Read More »

December 8, 2013 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 12/08/13

Pastoral Reflection What holds you back from being the best version of yourself? What situations, beliefs, and past actions fester the angst that twists at your soul? John the Baptist lived an austere life so as to better experience God. He knew that water cleanses the body and fire ... Read More »