Browsing the 2014 archive of Blog

February 9, 2014

Posted by Charlie Dean on 4/16/14

Rituals are momentous reminders of the transformations completed and paths still to come. In today’s Gospel, the ritual of presentation, in which Jesus is fully given his name, happens and his identity is fully recognized by the wise prophet, Simeon and prophetess, Anna. Both had waited their whole lives ... Read More »

March 2, 2014 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 4/16/14

In our time and age, with the economy causing much worry and forcing even simple choices like not making an extra trip with gas prices being too high, how do we follow the words of Jesus today? Whom do you serve - the demands of common culture or the ... Read More »

March 9, 2014 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 4/16/14

Temptations. The devil. Angels. These are words and con- cepts that come with unique conversation depending on who you are. Jesus was tempted today by the devil (a real being) and, after defeating the evil one, was ministered to by the angels (another true reality). What temptations in your ... Read More »

March 16, 2014 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 4/16/14

While today’s marvelous experience is all about Jesus’s identity, how can it relate to your life? Jesus’s face shone like the sun. When do you allow God’s presence to glow fully with you so that you glow in Christ? The disciples were in awe and a cloud cast a ... Read More »

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 »