3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time reflection by Patrick Sinozich

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I suppose that we all want to find meaning in life. Perhaps we may find ultimate meaning in the love of a spouse or a child. We may find it in the work that we do. Or we may discover that volunteering and giving back to our community is the activity that gives our life the most meaning.

We may not be sure exactly where meaning comes from, if it is inherent, or if it is real at all. What we do know is that humans flourish when they have it and suffer when they don’t.

One such take on meaning reads thus:

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time reflection by Paul Nicholson

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Do you ever notice how the faster our connectivity becomes the longer we seem to be waiting for a conversation to begin, or a response to our question? We used to send a letter or leave a message and think nothing of waiting a week or two for a response. Today we find ourselves on the verge of mental meltdown if we haven’t heard back within the first ten minutes.
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Jesse Tree 2020 Recap: Remarkable Generosity in an Unprecedented Year

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Despite the many challenges posed by COVID-19, including the implementation of an entirely new Jesse Tree format, this Advent Saint Clement parishioners once again generously supported 12 local organizations, fulfilling wish lists to assist their ministries during the Christmas season.
 
Overall, as a parish, we were able to donate more than $7,750 in gift cards and financial contributions, as well as more than 1,550 items of clothing, toys and more.
 
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Fr. Peter's reflections on the violence that occurred in our nation's capital

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During our nation’s history, we have experienced periods of social and political action. Some have been peaceful and called for justice, the end to wars, the protection and respect for all life, and respect for all cultures, races, and religions. Others have been violent, divisive, destructive, and deeply unsettling.

The events of this week, and the violence that occurred at our nation’s capital, was not a peaceful protest but an attempt to prevent a peaceful and orderly transition of power, a hallmark of our democracy.

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