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    • Reflection for Sunday March 31, 2019: 4th Week of Lent. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-03-31)
      Growing up, my family often made the 400 mile drive from my hometown of Alliance in the Panhandle of rural Nebraska to the bustling "big city" of Omaha to visit my extended relatives for holidays and summer vacations. I ...
    • Reflection for Sunday, August 10, 2014: 19th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014-08-10)
      |Jesus meets us in the chaos and calls us to the calm. |I recently watched a troubling and eye-opening documentary titled Blackfish. It tells the heartbreaking story of the troubling effects captivity can have on the ...
    • Reflection for Sunday, August 16, 2015: 20th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-08-16)
      One of my favorite movies is The Shawshank Redemption from 1994, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. It is a story set in a U.S. state penitentiary during the mid-20th century. The main subject of the film is Andy ...
    • Reflection for Sunday, August 9, 2020: 19th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-08-09)
      |In the early months of a deepening relationship I was experiencing with a woman many years ago, we found ourselves bumping along the interstate in a UHaul in the Mojave Desert with a load of items we were transporting ...
    • Reflection for Sunday, February 21, 2021: 1st Week of Lent. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-02-21)
      |In the book Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott, she tells the story of a young girl who gets lost in her hometown. A police officer stops to help her and asks if she knows where she lives. She replies through tears that she ...
    • Reflection for Sunday, June 12, 2016: 11th Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016-06-12)
      On this date four years ago, my family was held hostage.|As we mark this anniversary, the ongoing act of forgiveness found through faith continues to set us free.|Jesus does not mince words in today's Gospel reading when ...
    • Reflection for Sunday, March 29, 2020: 5th week in Lent. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-03-29)
      |The other morning I put on my jacket to take my dog out for his morning walk. This ritual has been a regular, saving grace in these early days of "social distancing" and isolation while we continue working together as a ...
    • Reflection for Sunday, November 23, 2014: 34th Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ The King. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014-11-23)
      |Even though I struggled with the intellectual side of physics as a high school student in the classroom, I completely understood the practical side of physics as a seven year old in my parents' driveway. I was doing ...
    • Reflection for Thursday May 14 or Sunday May 17, 2015: 7th The Ascension of the Lord. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-05-17)
      At some early point in our earthly lives we all learn an inescapable law: "what goes up must come down." Perhaps it was our childhood playground that taught us this best - a thrilling pull in our bellies as the swing ...
    • Reflection for Thursday October 3, 2019: 26th Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-10-03)
      There is something so intimate and evocative about hosting guests in one's home for dinner. Rarely do we go about our preparations with sadness, greet each other at the door with long faces or hold some disembodied distance ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, January 25, 2018: Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-01-25)
      When was the last time we were driving to work or the grocery store and a flash of light from the sky ejected us clean out of the driver's seat and onto the curb? When was the last time we held a venomous snake in our hands ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, July 16, 2015: 15th week in Ordinary Time.. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-07-16)
      At some point in our life, our day or even in the past five minutes we encounter relationships, thoughts, experiences or dis-ease which causes us stress. Some might simply dismiss this as part and parcel to the human ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, October 16, 2014: 28th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014-10-16)
      |I found myself recently agitated when a major thoroughfare in the city where I live was shut down for road construction. I was faced with brightly colored signs emblazoned with the words: "Do not enter," "Detour," and ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday January 29, 2019: 3rd Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-01-29)
      "Maybe you just need to show up...and then shut up." The words I was hearing from my spiritual director as advice on how to pray while I was exploring the newfound gift of Ignatian spirituality as an undergraduate student ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday September 25, 2018: 25th Week of Ordinary Time. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-09-25)
      I have found myself telling our students and other groups to whom I have been asked to speak recently the story of two friends and a cricket. It goes something like this...two friends who have not seen each other in some ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, January 20, 2015: 2nd week of Ordinary Time. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-01-20)
      Our crisp new wall calendar tell us that the Christmas season is over. Our liturgical calendar tells us we are in the second week of "ordinary" time. In the Northern Hemisphere our environmental calendar tells us we are ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, July 10, 2018: 14th Week of Ordinary Time. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-07-10)
      As a child growing up in my small, rural hometown on the Panhandle of Nebraska, I had to be creative for my entertainment. It was not uncommon that this involved an innovative rethinking of how I used the items I found ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, June 16, 2015: 11th week of Ordinary Time. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-06-16)
      Recently, I was cut off in traffic by another driver who deliberately ran a stop sign due to what I can only conjecture was impatience on their part. In that instant, I had my latest enemy. Anger immediately coursed through ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, June 2, 2020: 9th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-02)
      |I remember once meeting someone in my formative college years who refused to pay taxes because of his disagreements with how the government was choosing to use those funds. He claimed his retirement plan was to write a ...
    • Reflection for Wednesday June 5, 2019: 7th Week of Easter. 

      Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-05)
      In the poignant moment of the Gospel of John just before Jesus goes willingly to the garden where he knows the inevitability of his arrest and ensuing crucifixion are waiting for him in the form of a bitter kiss, he does ...