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    • Reflection for Friday, August 4, 2000: 17th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Fitzgibbons, John P., S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2000)
      Memorial|Familiarity breeds contempt, as they say, and violence begets violence. Such is the wisdom of the world summarized by sages ages ago. These thoughts have staying power, however, because they are part of the rhythm ...
    • Reflection for Friday, March 24, 2000: 2nd week in Lent. 

      Fitzgibbons, John P., S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2000)
      I find it fascinating to pray with my temptations. It's a habit I've learned from my friend and Jesuit brother, Father Larry Gillick. Temptations -- even garden variety temptations -- certainly can be interesting in ...
    • Reflection for Monday, October 9, 2000: 27th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Fitzgibbons, John P., S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2000)
      The small, anxious, and nagging voice in our hearts asks, "What does it take to be a neighbor?" Like the lawyer in Luke's gospel today, we sense correctly that the stakes are very high. Indeed, they are nothing short of ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, February 10, 2001: 5th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Fitzgibbons, John P., S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2001)
      On this feast of Saint Scholastica (A.D. 480-543), a woman of powerful learning and great wisdom whose name means "she who has the time to devote to study," it seems important to ask, "Are there any things we should not ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, January 15, 2000: 1st week in Ordinary Time. 

      Fitzgibbons, John P., S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2000)
      The call of Levi the tax collector, like the call of Saul the king of Israel, raises an important question: Does the quality of one's life qualify or disqualify a person for God's call?||There is no easy answer to this ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, November 18, 2000: 32nd week in Ordinary Time. 

      Fitzgibbons, John P., S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2000)
      Frequently, when I teach first-year students rhetoric and composition or world literature, the phrase "I believe" replaces "I think." It's natural enough, I suppose, though problematic for me as a teacher. And it may be ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, September 9, 2000: 22nd week in Ordinary Time. 

      Fitzgibbons, John P., S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2000)
      Paul is famous for his suspicions and the list covers a lot: the human body, passions, people who see things differently than he does, his fellow evangelists, and even at times the other Apostles and shy; like Peter. ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, June 1, 2001: 7th week in Easter. 

      Fitzgibbons, John P., S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2001)
      "Do you love me?" It's funny, this question more than any other I can think of, goes to the very heart of who we are. It's a question we all ask of another human being sooner or later and, more often then not, wait in some ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, July 11, 2000: 14th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Fitzgibbons, John P., S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2000)
      One of my dearest friends is a lay missioner with Maryknoll in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She works with women who prostitute to support their families and, often, a drug habit. Her schedule is exhausting: visiting the women on ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, June 29, 1999: Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles. 

      Fitzgibbons, John P., S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 1999)
      For me, there are several powerful and endearing images of Peter the Apostle in the Scriptures. Two of them occur in today's readings. The first, found in Acts 12:1-11, shows a scared but hopeful Peter walking out of Herod's ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, June 6, 2000: 7th week in Easter. 

      Fitzgibbons, John P., S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2000)
      Departures can be difficult. Recently, during the Creighton baccalaureate Mass for our graduates and their families, I had the time and the quiet to reflect on the departure of so many students, some of whom had become ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, September 28, 1999: 26th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Fitzgibbons, John P., S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 1999)
      Both readings today speak of "resolution," a decision made with clarity and dedication to the outcome, whatever that outcome may be. Now, one has only to ponder a moment or two to realize how unfashionable resolutions are ...
    • Reflection for Wednesday, February 23, 2000: 7th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Fitzgibbons, John P., S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2000)
      Prophets have always had a dual role. On the one hand, they articulate the promise of God, the real presence of God in our midst, even as we wait for the totality or fulfillment of that presence. There's an "already/not ...
    • Reflection for Wednesday, January 3, 2001: 2nd week in Christmas. 

      Fitzgibbons, John P., S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2001)
      There's a bit of wisdom easily overlooked in the Church's way of counting seasons and time, in its liturgical calendar. We celebrate the Christmas season for about two weeks. During this fortnight, we not only revel in the ...
    • Reflection for Wednesday, July 14, 1999: 15th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Fitzgibbons, John P., S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 1999)
      Have you had the experience of standing with a person, say a friend of many years, or before a familiar object, say a sculpture or a fountain or an aged tree, and suddenly seeing that person or that beautiful object as if ...