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John Connelly

Advent – a time of waiting for the Divine Physician

John Connelly

December 16, 2013
Fourth Sunday in Advent
December 22, 2013

The last few days I have not been feeling well. Some sort of winter flu in my chest, causing the usual aches and pains. I am always amazed how our perspective changes when we are not well. We become lethargic, withdrawn and generally miserable with the thoughts looped in our brain. I hope I get better soon.

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Christ the King can heal our broken world

John Connelly

November 18, 2013
Christ the King
November 24, 2013

We all need a king. Someone who can reign over us in this life and in the life to come.

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Pope Francis exemplifies the humble soul

John Connelly

October 21, 2013
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 27, 2013

All of us have a Pharisee within. It is that part of us that wants to judge others and justify our actions. It is that part that wants to feel superior to others. It is that part which refuses to see the truth of the words of Jesus: "Without me you can do nothing" (John 15.5).

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Put the cross front and centre in your life

John Connelly

September 23, 2013
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 6, 2013

There is a longing in us all to know the reason for our existence. This longing drives us human beings to search far and wide. We search for answers, for meaning, for purpose. Yet we often get the answer wrong.

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Faith wraps us in Jesus’ love, gives us security, strength

John Connelly

 

August 26, 2013
22th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 1, 2013

Let me ask a simple question. Where is Jesus in our life right now? Let us really think about this. Just slow down. Push the life pause button. Pray.

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Shake off the bonds of spiritual slavery

John Connelly

June 24, 2013
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 30, 2013

Jesus calls each of us to a profound interior freedom that is not of this world. It is a freedom that sees through the empty promises of fame, wealth, power and worldly wisdom. It is a freedom that no political system and no human force can take away. It is the freedom of divine love and mercy.

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Awaken the sleeping giant of faith within

John Connelly

May 27, 2013
Corpus Christi
June 2, 2013

Imagine a sleeping giant suddenly beginning to awaken. A massive giant with great power and wisdom. A giant so large that its body literally covers the entire world.

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Contemplation will give birth to great renewal in the Church

John Connelly

April 29, 2013
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 5, 2013

Every breath we take is a gift from God. God breathes his life into you and me right now. God sustains us and loves us moment by moment.

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Let our lives bear witness to Risen Jesus

John Connelly

March 25, 2013
Easter Sunday
March 31, 2013

There is a saying that I really appreciate, "Let your life speak." It originally came from the Quakers but it applies to all of us.

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In the desert, we come face to face with our vulnerability

John Connelly

February 25, 2013
Third Sunday in Lent
March 3, 2013

Imagine you are stranded alone in a desert with nothing but sand stretching for hundreds of miles. Would you choose to trust God or would fear get the upper hand?

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