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Monday Conversation: a Mid-Lent Check-up

How’s your Lent going?  This 15 minute conversation can help us make the 2nd half of Lent powerful.

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Monday Conversation: The Heart of a Disciple, Part I

This presentation was given at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Solon Springs on March 6, 2017.  It is the first part of a presentation on discipleship, focusing on repentance and ongoing conversion. (45 Minutes)

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Monday Conversation: Podcast Resources for a Powerful Lent

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There are many ways to get the most out of Lent.  This gift that the Church celebrates every year provides an opportunity for spiritual renewal.  Below you will find a short summary of some of the Homilies, Presentations and Retreats that I have offered over the last couple of years with themes that might speak to your own Lenten journey.  Feel free to try any of these podcasts; if they are helpful, you are welcome to share them with others.  After all, the purpose of the season is to draw our hearts to Jesus Christ!

Homilies

Preparing for Lent (13 Minutes) – This homily podcast offers some general helpful hints to consider as you get ready to enter into the season as a whole.  Given at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI on March 2, 2013.

Ash Wednesday (4 Minutes) – This short homily shows how messy, dirty, grimy ashes on the outside remind us of the messy, dirty, grimy reality of sin in our hearts.  As we repent and believe in the Gospel, may we call upon the Lord to wash us clean with the grace of Jesus Christ.  Given at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI on Feb. 18, 2015.  

Holy Thursday (8 Minutes) – At the Last Supper Jesus teaches and commands his disciples to receive his Body & Blood and give your life in service to others.  In our reception of Holy Communion may we be strengthened and renewed to offer our lives, following the example of Christ.  Given at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI on April 2, 2015.

Good Friday (10 Minutes) – The Cross of Christ – ugly, filthy with the blood of countless victims, jagged, and splintered – becomes the sign of the depth and breadth of agony Jesus endured.  As he embraces his suffering, the Cross becomes a bridge whereby he unites with all humanity, meeting us in our most profound moments of weakness and sin, and gives us hope through his triumph over death.  We must understand the Cross in the light of Easter joy: For if we only focus on the Cross then we have no hope – life becomes dark and filled with despair; and if we only focus on Easter joy then we have no respect for the gift of the Lord’s Passion – we do not value the price He paid for our salvation. Given at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI on April 3, 2015.

Easter (7 Minutes) – Their lives were changed; the sorrow cast from the shadow of the Cross is now transformed by resurrection glory…He’s alive!  The grace of Jesus Christ inspired the disciples to go out to the world – carrying their crosses – with the power the Lord’s triumph.  Christ brings this transformation to us today; his power continues to work in the world.  May we open our hearts to the resurrection…and be transformed!  Given at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI on April 5, 2015.

 

General Presentations

Personal Prayer: Making it Real (46 Minutes) – How do we make our personal prayer real?  This homily podcast highlights practical tips that bring power and meaning to our personal prayer. Given at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI on April 11, 2015.

Personal Healing & Renewal (44 Minutes) – The presentation explores a four step process of personal healing and renewal: Acknowledgement; Diagnosis; Prescription; and Follow through.  By examining four quadrants of human life (physical, intellectual, relational, spiritual) this presentation guides the listener toward personal growth in practical ways. Given to the Northern Waters Parish Nurse Group on October 9, 2015.

Christ Renews Our Lives! (31 Minutes) – This talk was presented to Confirmation students from the Cathedral and St. Francis Xavier parishes. Note these four points: God made us to be united with Him; Sin destroys our relationships with God and one another; Christ restores the relationship through his life, death, and resurrection; Each of us can choose to accept the gift of Christ and live as his disciple. Given at the Cathedral of Christ the King on November 11, 2015.

Extraordinary Life! (36 Minutes) – This “Theology on Tap” presentation asks some big questions:  Are you looking for some practical ways to transform your life?  Do you long for something special, filled with power, purpose, and meaning?  Fr. Andrew looks at 3 areas (Self, Others, God) and applies them to the ordinary and routine elements of daily life. Given at VIP in Superior, WI on October 22, 2015.

Prayer: Practical Pointers to Grow Closer to God (30 Minutes) – This “Theology on Tap” reflection offers some practical ways to strengthen your prayer life and grow closer to God.  Some topics include: Time, Space, Location, and Preparation; Dealing with Distraction; Using resources – including Scripture and Devotionals; Finding what works for you.  Given at Dubh Linh’s Pub in Duluth, MN on November 11, 2013.

 

Retreats

Knights of Columbus Men’s Retreat (September 13, 2014 – St. Joseph Church – Hayward, WI)  This Catholic Men’s Retreat explores three ways we draw near to Jesus Christ and one another: study, prayer, and service.

Eucharist (March 8, 2014 – St. Dominic Church – Frederic, WI) This parish retreat focuses on Eucharist as the central expression of our Catholic faith.

Christian in a Changing World (February 22-24, 2014 – Cathedral of Christ the King – Superior, WI) This parish mission looks at three key concepts: Our direction in life; our spiritual fitness; putting our faith into practice.

Walking with the Lord in Holy Week (March 9-12, 2015 – Our Lady of the Valley – Green Valley, AZ) This parish mission takes the listener on a journey with Christ – from his entry into Jerusalem, through the Last Supper, his Passion, and his Resurrection.

May this Lent be filled with grace and power – God bless you!

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Monday Conversation: What are you doing for Lent? Catholic Inspiration

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Monday Conversation – 25 Minutes

Lent provides a wonderful opportunity to implement new actions that draw us closer to the Lord and one another.  As we reflect on our current situation, consider ways that speak to our interests, and integrate the sacraments of the Church, we find ourselves poised to make this the best Lent ever.

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Monday Conversation: What are you giving up for Lent?

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Monday Conversation – 19 Minutes

“What are you giving up for Lent?” is a question that all too often finds us without an adequate answer.  Take time now in these next few days to reflect  on how we want to make a sacrifice – Body, Mind or Heart – that speaks to our Soul!

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2nd Sunday of Lent – Encountering the Lord on the Mountaintop

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Study:  Describe a moment when you felt that God was particularly near.  How did you react?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for an open heart to recognize and understand Christ’s presence in your life.

Serve:  Do you have a prompting right now to help another?  Is there something or someone in need of your aid?

2nd Sunday of Lent Readings

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Have you ever had a first hand experience of God’s grace?  An encounter or perhaps a moment when you felt particularly close to the Lord?  For some people, even talking about the experience can seem awkward if not downright difficult.  We know in our hearts that something profound and beautiful happened, but how do we share it?  How do we communicate our personal event to another?

Abraham, Peter, James and John had an experience that would reshape their lives.  Abraham believed in God and forged a covenant of faith.  The three apostles went up the mountain with Jesus and came down dazzled by the sight of Moses and Elijah speaking with Christ as the Father’s voice thundered in their hearts.

Did it change them?  Yes!  Did it have a powerful impact on their lives and through them on others?  Absolutely.  Are these types of experience essential to follow the Lord?  Of course not.  But when they come they bring the potential to reshape how and why we live.

Some people are blessed with a “mountaintop” experience of faith.  They encounter the Lord in a life changing way and rewrite the script of their life to follow a new direction.  Others faithfully follow the path that is set before them, trusting in the God’s guidance to direct their steps down a well marked road.

While every person will have great or small moments of grace, perhaps today we might consider how the Lord is speaking to us.  What are the signs, circumstances, situations, and people that help us recognize the presence of Jesus Christ?  How might we adjust our vision to see God at work in our hearts?

The Lord continues to speak in our world.  May we listen!  Christ’s grace continues to change lives.  May we see it!  As we continue to embrace the season of Lent we open our hearts and ask for the wisdom to comprehend how God is present.  May our response be filled with a lively faith as we follow Jesus!

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If you are looking for more material to help you this Lent, you might consider this list of presentations I have offered over the last couple of years.  Feel free to check it out and share if you find it helpful:

Podcast Resources for a Powerful Lent


1st Sunday of Lent – Be with me Lord, when I am in Trouble. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast – 1st Sunday of Lent

Those moments…when our guts constrict and the air goes out of our lungs.   The times in life when we are overwhelmed, lost, consumed by pain or grief, feeling abandoned, tempted to the breaking point…

And Jesus understands.  Forty days of solitude in the wilderness, hungry and thirsty, the Lord triumphed over the temptations of Satan.  It is crucial to note that these temptations – over physical needs, personal power/control, and death itself – would all be faced by Christ at Calvary.  What’s more, he will triumph!

Our faith reminds us of two key facts.  Yes there will be times of trial, but as we confront the reality of life we do so equipped with the victory of Jesus.  We face our struggles with God’s grace, and we call upon the Lord as we say:

Be with me Lord, when I am in trouble!

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If you are looking for more material to help you this Lent, you might consider this list of presentations I have offered over the last couple of years.  Feel free to check it out and share if you find it helpful:

Podcast Resources for a Powerful Lent

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