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    • Reflection for April 11, 2007: Wednesday in the Octave of Easter. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2007-04-11)
      Fr. Don Driscoll,S.J. a beloved member of Creighton's Jesuit Community, died suddenly on March 21. Read more about his life and here.||I'm writing this the day after the funeral of Fr. Don Driscoll, SJ. If you haven't heard ...
    • Reflection for April 4, 2013: Thursday in the Octave of Easter. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2013-04-04)
      "You are witnesses of these things . . . "|| One of the key sub-themes at the end of the gospel of Luke, as well as in his Acts of the Apostles, has to do with Jesus opening the minds and hearts of the disciples to the ...
    • Reflection for February 15, 2002: Friday after Ash Wednesday. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2002-02-15)
      Many folks have heard the one about the guy who bought this mule. The farmer who sold the mule lauded its hard work and its intelligence and its health and its many other good 'mule' qualities. So, the guy put the mule ...
    • Reflection for Friday, April 15, 2011: 5th week in Lent. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2011-04-15)
      A week from today is Good Friday. For some days now, our scriptures have been pointing us toward Triduum. Let's go with that.|| So, when we do just that, we are left with some very interesting comparisons and contrasts, ...
    • Reflection for Friday, April 23, 2004: 2nd week in Easter. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2004-04-23)
      I find the Easter season to be a very curious time of the Church year. For decades liturgists have been telling us that we should enjoy fifty days of unmitigated joy. I've not exactly tuned into that myself. For some reason, ...
    • Reflection for Friday, August 1, 2008: 17th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2008-08-01)
      Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Alphonsus Ligouri, the founder of the Redemptorist order. Did you know that Pope Pius XII named his as patron of moral theologians (back in 1950)? One of the stories I read about him ...
    • Reflection for Friday, August 19, 2011: 20th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2011-08-19)
      Remember Paul Harvey telling "the rest of the story ... ?" Well, here's an example of a selected passage that leaves off way too early, but could be understood to pique our interest enough to see what else happens.||So, ...
    • Reflection for Friday, December 1, 2006: 34th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2006-12-01)
      Today, we commemorate the lives of 28 Jesuit martyrs, all from England or Wales, who died between 1573 and 1679 during the religious persecution of Catholics in their native lands. Edmund Campion and Robert Southwell are ...
    • Reflection for Friday, December 28, 2012: The Feast of the Holy Innocents. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2012-12-28)
      Thus says the LORD: In Ramah is heard the sound of sobbing, bitter weeping! Rachel mourns for her children, she refuses to be consoled for her children-they are no more! This feast is so jarring with its close proximity ...
    • Reflection for Friday, December 30, 2011: Sixth day in the Octave of Christmas. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2011-12-30)
      There's a remarkable spoken introduction to the movie, "The Descendants," that chides those who do not live in Hawaii for the (probable) belief that the lives of those who live "in paradise" is easier and more wonderful ...
    • Reflection for Friday, December 7, 2001: Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2001-12-07)
      First Installment - Stories about our saint today St. Ambrose was a marvelous and colorful character. He was elected bishop of Milan in the mid to late 4th century. Problem was, he wasn't even a Christian! So, he was ...
    • Reflection for Friday, February 25, 2011: 7th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2011-02-25)
      On the one hand, these readings are simple and straightforward. On the other, their interpretation, especially of the gospel passage, is quite challenging.|The author of the book of Sirach employs a realist's lens to give ...
    • Reflection for Friday, January 30, 2004: 3rd week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2004-01-30)
      "This is how it is with the Kingdom of God; |it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land |and would sleep and rise night and day |and the seed would sprout and grow, |he knows not how." |How did King David get to ...
    • Reflection for Friday, July 17, 2009: 15th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2009-07-17)
      The first reading today from Exodus 11 and 12 should sound fairly familiar to many of us. It serves as the first reading at the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday. This narrative of the meal Israel shared before ...
    • Reflection for Friday, July 8, 2005: 14th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2005-07-08)
      One of the wonderful and challenging developments over the years at our Jesuit novitiate in St. Paul (now novitiate for the Missouri, Upper Canada, and Wisconsin Provinces) has been the introduction of the pilgrimage for ...
    • Reflection for Friday, June 13, 2008: 10th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2008-06-13)
      First off, let's think through the need of some to interpret scripture literally. On the one hand, if we take Jesus' words literally about "looking with lust on a woman," they would only apply to straight men and lesbians. ...
    • Reflection for Friday, June 19, 2009: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2009-06-19)
      When I was a child, I too thought as a child. What I learned about the devotion to the Sacred Heart was that if I went to Mass and communion on nine consecutive first Fridays, I would get to heaven because I would have the ...
    • Reflection for Friday, March 30, 2001: 4th week in Lent. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2001-03-30)
      Say, before you read this reflection, I'd like you to go back to read that first reading again. Really. Humor me. I'll wait.||What stands out for you? What do you notice by going back to it?|On Good Friday most years, I ...
    • Reflection for Friday, March 5, 2004: 1st week in Lent. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2004-03-05)
      Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked? says the Lord God.||Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil way that he may live? |For the past few semesters in the upper division theology classes ...
    • Reflection for Friday, March 7, 2008: 4th week in Lent. 

      O'Connor, Roc, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2008-03-07)
      It seems to me that the basic question these scripture readings pose is: With whom do you identify?|When I was in early grade school, my family lived on Lafayette Street just down the hill and to the east of 72nd street. ...