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    • Reflection for April 13, 2017: Holy Thursday of the Lord's Supper. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-04-13)
      In today's gospel we witness the extravagant love of Jesus who kneels in front of his disciples and one by one washes their feet.  I believe that they must have been breathless as he tenderly cared for each of them.  He ...
    • Reflection for April 6, 2020: Monday of Holy Week. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-04-06)
      |One of the most significant and powerful gifts that one person can share with another is the gift of compassion. |Compassion rises from deep within and becomes an almost unstoppable movement toward someone in response to ...
    • Reflection for February 27, 2009: Friday after Ash Wednesday. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2009-02-27)
      I remember the year I decided (after a long discernment process) that I was going to "give up" macaroni and cheese for Lent. I was very confident with my choice. I reasoned that giving up my "favorite food in the world" ...
    • Reflection for Friday, July 5, 2013: 13th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2013-07-05)
      I have always been amazed by the subtle and not so subtle ways that God gets our attention! A little over five years ago, a dear friend sent me a greeting card which contained a ministry job position advertisement which ...
    • Reflection for Friday, March 21, 2014: 2nd week in Lent. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014-03-21)
      |My mother is an amazing woman. Throughout my lifetime, I have watched how she has brilliantly parented her eight children with love, care and gentle persuasion. Even now that she is in her eighties, her incredible spirit ...
    • Reflection for Friday, March 4, 2011: 8th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2011-03-04)
      In Mark's gospel today, we are invited to reflect upon the dynamic of anger. Jesus used the energy of his anger to storm into the temple in Jerusalem " ... to drive out those selling and buying there. He overturned the ...
    • Reflection for Friday, May 10, 2013: 6th week in Easter. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2013-05-10)
      Today is our youngest son's birthday. He has become an incredible young adult and I still remember his birth like it was yesterday. When I held him for the first time, gazed into his large, amazing eyes and kissed his ...
    • Reflection for Friday, November 29, 2013: 34th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2013-11-29)
      Recently I agreed to give three significant presentations over a five-day period of time. To prepare, I had to spend countless hours doing research, editing the presentations and putting together Power Point slides. I ...
    • Reflection for Friday, October 2, 2020: Holy Guardian Angels. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-02)
      |Today is the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels. I'm going to be honest with you.  When I was a child, I believed in angels and had a deep friendship with my Imagined guardian angel.  Growing into adolescence and young ...
    • Reflection for March 30, 2015: Monday of Holy Week. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-03-30)
      It has been a few years now but I can still remember those first, grueling post-surgical hours.  The minute I opened my eyes I was hit by the severe pain of the surgical procedure and the multiple after-effects of the ...
    • Reflection for Monday November 4, 2019: 31st Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-11-04)
      I have a beautiful piece of art in my office.  I look at it each day.  It is a mosaic of a tree.  I love trees and when I look at the mosaic, it gives me joy and comfort.  If I stand close to the mosaic the image becomes ...
    • Reflection for Monday, April 5, 2021: Monday in the Octave of Easter. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-04-05)
      |Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, are racing from the tomb.  What they have just encountered has shaken them to their core.  They are carrying a message from an angel who rolled away the large stone at the tomb's entrance.  ...
    • Reflection for Monday, January 23, 2012: 3rd week in Ordinary Time. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2012-01-23)
      In Mark's Gospel today, we read: " ... if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand." When I was growing up, my mother used to say to me and my seven siblings: "Always stay connected to one ...
    • Reflection for Monday, May 10, 2010: 6th week in Easter. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2010-05-10)
      When we were growing up, my siblings and I would greatly anticipate evenings in which our parents were planning to entertain. Something out of the ordinary was about to happen. The house would be scrubbed, the silver ...
    • Reflection for Monday, May 2, 2011: 2nd week in Easter. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2011-05-02)
      Today's readings are a wonderful exploration of how the Holy Spirit bursts into our lives and lifts us past our human fears and hesitations. I believe that we all have amazing stories of how the Spirit of God has influenced ...
    • Reflection for Monday, May 9, 2016: 7th Week of Easter. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016-05-09)
      A few weeks ago I was enjoying baking cookies with my four year old grandson.  He alternated between helping me and playing with his toys.   I left one tray of cookies in the oven too long and when I took them out they ...
    • Reflection for Monday, November 3, 2014: 31st week in Ordinary Time. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014-11-03)
      |It had been an extremely busy and challenging year and I was looking forward to my annual eight-day retreat.  I stacked up the books which I planned to read, selected peaceful music and busied myself in preparation for ...
    • Reflection for Monday, September 19, 2011: 25th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2011-09-19)
      It was the first day in my Introduction to Counseling class and I sat nervously wondering if I was making the right choice for my field of study. The professor looked at us and said, "Why do you want to be counselors?" ...
    • Reflection for Saturday August 31, 2019: 21st Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-08-31)
      |My wonderful Jesuit priest friend and colleague Fr. Larry Gillick S.J. and I were having a lively conversation about ministry.  We both acknowledged that we began our professional lives with a specific plan in mind, but ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, April 14, 2018: 2nd Week in Easter. 

      Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-04-14)
      |Three months ago in early January, I was finishing up my workday and looking forward to attending a university basketball game that evening with my husband.  I received a text from him informing me that throughout the ...