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March 24, 2017

Transfiguration

In a retreat called, “The Rediscovery of Life,” Anthony De Mello relates the following story: “There was a lion that grew up in a flock of sheep and so he had no consciousness that he...


March 24, 2017

Temptations in the Desert

Who am I?  This is likely one of the most profound religious questions we can ask.  The other is, Who is God?  These two questions are linked.  They are two sides of the same coin....


January 31, 2017

Open to God’s Mercy

The familiar blinds us. All too often we hear a reading from scripture and we think, “Oh, I’ve heard this before.” Eyes glazed over, our minds turn to daydreaming or planning the day. It is...


January 31, 2017

Surrender

With the inauguration of our new president and the recently assembled new congress, questions of the new administration’s power have cropped up in different ways. For instance, many political commentators are discussing the Republican majority...


January 31, 2017

God Transform Us

From watching the news these past few weeks, it seems our country is extremely divided. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. Donald Trump, though, won the electoral college. These two facts alone lend a great...


January 31, 2017

God is One with Us

God is with us. God is within us. God is one with us. This is the revelation of the name Emmanuel in today’s Gospel reading. Still, there’s a tremendous amount of violence, suffering, and evil...


January 31, 2017

Pray for Peace

L.J. Milone, Director of Faith Formation While living in Philadelphia I met peace activist Kathy Kelly.  She had been part of a peace delegation to Iraq during the American invasion.  Her delegation met with numerous...


January 31, 2017

Youth Group Service Trip Reflections – St. Veronica’s

Youth Ministry Marie Ferman, Youth Ministry Director, 301-622-1122, youth@sjbcatholicchurch.com On July 16, nineteen high school students, five adult chaperones, and three parents drove north to Philadelphia for a week-long service trip.  Having neither the financial...


December 30, 2016

In Remembrance: Deacon John C. Cermak

Deacon John C. Cermak, husband of Mary, father of John David and Mary Christine, died on December 29, 2016. The Cermaks have been loyal parishioners of St. John’s since the early 1970s. John was ordained...


November 09, 2016

True Devotion

Paulo Coelho tells the following story in his book Stories for Parents, Children, and Grandchildren.  “A teacher took his disciple to a lake.  ‘Today, I’m going to show you what true devotion means,’ he said....


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