The Ascension of the Lord

05-28-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

This Sunday we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord into heaven, after his Crucifixion and Resurrection and after the many times he appeared to the disciples. This is the day Jesus leaves the disciples behind. One can feel the uncertainty of the disciples, they still did not understand what it all meant for them, they were struggling with what they should do next.

Today we are reminded that it is was not about the disciples' lives and their world. Jesus explained to them that what they had lived through with him, his life, death and resurrection was far greater than what they could understand. It was never just about the kingdom of Israel; it was and still is about all nations.

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

05-21-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today’s readings call for reflection on the basics of our faith: the revelation of God’s love made present in Jesus, and the Word made flesh. With Christ as our model, we are reminded to face sufferings with hope and always to be prepared to explain our hope. “Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to provide an explanation to anyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” -1 Peter 3:15

Many people find it difficult to talk about hope with those who might have different beliefs or those who they simply do not know. So today, I wish to share a few excerpts from a message Pope Francis shared with people of all faiths during a TED Conference, in April 2017. The name of the conference was “The Future is You, ” and the Holy Father’s message was: Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone.

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

05-14-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today’s Gospel talks about the apostles’ reaction when Jesus told them that he would be going away for a while. Though they had been following Jesus, listening to his teachings and seeing his works for three years, they did not understand why he was leaving or where he was going.

As we listen to the apostle’s dialog with Jesus, notice the fear and confusion in their questions. Through history people have been fearful of uncertainty, and confused by occurrences they do not understand. Fear and confusion are something most of us experience in life, especially when faced with unexpected situations. As Christians, we ask God for help and pray to him in Jesus’ name.

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

05-07-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Congratulations to all the children who recently celebrated their First Eucharist. We pray for ourfirst communicants as they begin their journey of Christian life. May they know that they can trustin Jesus to guide them on their journey and answer their prayers.

Spring

05-01-2017The Well

Spring is here so let's get outside! Time spent in nature reduces stress, improves our health and fosters our spirits. When we take the time to sit in nature, we connect with a high power-our God!

People do not spend time alone, on purpose, any longer. Perhaps we never did, because we’re social animals by nature, meant to be in community. And yet, as nearly every religious tradition knows and teaches, there is much to be gained from intentional solitude, with no other agenda than to spend time alone with God and oneself, searching with heart for both. Type A personalities often feel that spending twenty-four hours alone doing “nothing” is a waste of time, but if we think about it, we are really wasting time with God.  If Christ went off by himself to pray.

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