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    • Reflection for April 1, 2018: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018)
      Another Lent has come and gone already.  Did your Lent prepare for this beautiful Easter morning or was yours spotty like mine?  Our parish started Lent by focusing on abstaining and fasting from the things that separate ...
    • Reflection for Friday, December 6, 2019: 1st week in Advent. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019)
      |My mind kept wandering as I read and reread today's readings.  Usually I spot a theme the first time I go through the readings, but not with today's. There were so many avenues to explore, my mind bounced from idea to ...
    • Reflection for Friday, February 12, 2021: 5th Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021)
      "Be Open"|A friend of mine once called me the Queen of Rationalization as I could always come up with an excuse to eat any decadent dessert.  As I read today's Scriptures, I remembered that and thought, 'So, that's where ...
    • Reflection for Friday, February 9, 2018: 5th Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018)
      |How and in what ways is Jesus is calling me to "be open"?|Far too many of God's children will die unnecessarily today. What can I do about that?  I do not have the power or the authority to end the bloodshed in the Sudan ...
    • Reflection for Friday, May 11, 2018: Presentation of the Lord. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018)
      While there is much to unpack in today's first reading, I kept being struck by the greeting in Paul's vision: "Do not be afraid."   Jesus was so aware of the various fears that all of us confront as human beings throughout ...
    • Reflection for Monday, December 11, 2017: 2nd Week of Advent. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017)
      Do yourself a favor this Advent season and just sit and savor today's first reading.  The more times I read it, the richer it became.  It pointed me in so many different directions.  But no matter which path I followed, ...
    • Reflection for Saturday January 5, 2019: Christmas Weekday. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019)
      "When God is one's only goal, all disagreements are smoothed out, all difficulties are overcome."|St. Virginia Centurione Bracelli|Today's gospel describes how Jesus recruited some of his disciples.  Can you imagine what ...
    • Reflection for Saturday March 2, 2019: 7th Week of Ordinary Time. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019)
      After sitting with today's readings, I sat back and exclaimed, "Wow!"  God has and continues to shower us with so many gifts.  Gifts that I so often disregard or take for granted such as my family or gorgeous sunsets or ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, August 19, 2017: 20th Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017)
      |"Jesus Christ is my kingdom. If he is all I have, I shall have everything.|If I don't have him  I lose everything."               --    St. Louis of Anjou|In no uncertain terms, Joshua laid out a clear choice in today's ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, January 9, 2021: Saturday after Epiphany. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021)
      "Christ has no body now but yours.|No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.|Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through ...
    • Reflection for Sunday, April 4, 2021: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021)
      |Easter morning…the Lenten days of fasting, almsgiving and repenting are over.  Christ's resurrection vividly demonstrates that love is always stronger than fear or hate or even death. Certainly, something to celebrate. ...
    • Reflection for Sunday, December 6, 2020: 2nd week in Advent. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020)
      "The Christian knows that Christ has been working|in humanity for twenty centuries|and that the person that is converted to Christ|is the new human being that society needs|to organize a world according to God's heart."|- ...
    • Reflection for Sunday, June 14, 2020: Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ / Corpus Christi. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020)
      "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him."|As I sat with these readings several weeks ago, all's I could think of was how the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years.  Were they so hard ...
    • Reflection for Sunday, March 26, 2017: 4th Week of Lent. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017)
      Gracious God help us to see with the eyes of Jesus so that we can always find God in others.|Today's exceptionally long Gospel is trying to open our eyes. Where are our blind spots?   Do we have certain situations, like ...
    • Reflection for Sunday, October 1, 2017: 26th Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017)
      "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"|Martin Luther King, Jr.|Today's readings all seem to be centered on actions…about the choices we make….about which path we decide to follow.  ...
    • Reflection for Thursday May 23, 2019: 5th Week of Easter. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019)
      Gracious God, teach us see as you see.|What is it in human nature that compels us to separate each other into categories? To use different standards in making decisions on how various groups are treated? The Apostles were ...
    • Reflection for Thursday November 1, 2018: All Saints, Solemnity. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018)
      Growing up, I spent a considerable amount of time with my cousins.  Whenever we would go to my Uncle Denny with a grievance, he would nod and just say, "Life is hard."   Which is not what you want to hear when you are 6 ...
    • Reflection for Thursday September 13, 2018: 23rd Week of Ordinary Time. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018)
      Hmmm, no parable today, but an extensive list of directives: "love your enemies…give to everyone who asks…pray for those who mistreat you…stop judging".   This is quite a "To Do" list for a Christian.   And as a mere mortal, ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, April 2, 2020: 5th week in Lent. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020)
      |As I write this reflection, America is in the midst of working out a new 'Normal" due to the worldwide pandemic of the Coronavirus.  Many people are frightened about what is happening and what it means for the future.|So, ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, August 13, 2020: 19th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020)
      |Two very different themes kept surfacing when I read and reread today's readings. But both centered on the vision Jesus had for us and our world. ""Peter approached Jesus and asked him,|"Lord, if my brother/sister sins ...