Fr. Mike

July 7, 2021

Practice What You Preach

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers today's reflection. It is from a homily given during Mass a few weeks ago and shares a powerful example. It begs to ask, "how am I being inclusive within my everyday life?" Let's take a few quiet moments to learn from scripture. Readings:   Genesis 17:1, 9-10, 15-22 ; Matthew 8:1-4 Jesus has just finished speaking – the rather long Sermon on the Mount. Now, according to Saint Matthew’s gospel, he immediately puts into practice what he…

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June 13, 2021

A Rabbi’s Embrace

Today's post is another powerful reflection from Fr. Michael Schleupner. We're so grateful that he regularly shares these inspiring thoughts with our Blog! Let's take a few quiet moments to read about a deeper meaning of the Eucharist. A Rabbi’s Embrace There is a story about a six-year-old Jewish boy named Mortakai. Mortakai was refusing to go to school. Each day, his mother would take him to school, but as soon as she left, he would run back home. This…

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May 23, 2021

The Vaccine and Spiritual Reasoning

Today's blog may seem to be an unusual spiritual topic, but Fr. Michael Schleupner shares a personal viewpoint about how he sees spiritual reasoning behind getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Many of our guests are feeling more comfortable with coming back to the Center after receiving their vaccine too. Let's read Fr. Mike's thoughts. We have also included a brief prayer for the vaccinated after his reflection. The Vaccine Dear Friends, Today I want to share with you my spiritual reasons…

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May 12, 2021

Songs of Comfort

Today's reflection comes from frequent blogger, Fr. Michael Schleupner. He shared the following through his homily last Sunday, on Mother's Day. It provides wise words inspired by a famous musician for Mother's Day, during the pandemic and really every day of any year. Enjoy the video after the reflection too. How does this inspire you today? Who will you pick today? Share with us in the comments. Songs of Comfort Many of us have heard of the famed cellist Yo…

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April 25, 2021

Great Expectations

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers another wise reflection today. Let's read his thoughts about lessons from failed expectations. Great Expectations When I was in high school, I remember reading the classic novel Great Expectations; it was written by Charles Dickens. I imagine that many of us have read this somewhere along the way. In the story, a young woman named Miss Havisham is about to be married. All the preparations for the wedding have been made. On the day of the wedding,…

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March 21, 2021

The Lifting Up

Fr. Michael Schleupner offered this reflection last week, the fourth Sunday of Lent, a lesson of healing that we can carry with us any time as we gaze up at the cross. The Lifting Up: Background Jesus says: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up…” Jesus is referring to an incident when the Israelites were in the desert after being freed from slavery in Egypt. Life got very…

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February 14, 2021

Words – 2

Today's post is a continuation of the series about the power of our words from Fr. Michael Schleupner. We are happy to have Fr. Mike back this summer for a week-long directed retreat where he will offer daily spiritual direction to his group and also offer daily Mass. You can click here to learn more. Let's take a few quiet moments this Valentine's Day to read these inspiring words about sharing our love through words. Words - 2 Dear Friends,…

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February 7, 2021

Words – 1

Fr. Michael Schleupner, friend of the Center, is offering a series of posts about the power of words. Take a moment to read and think about the self-talk. Can you focus on the positive and find the joy today? Words - 1 Dear Friends, Last Sunday, my homily focused on the power of our words. Click here to read that post. Today I am sharing some additional comments on the same topic. Besides the words that we speak to or…

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January 31, 2021

The Power of Words

Today's reflection is shared by Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Mike offers weekly Mass for the Sisters of Bon Secours and also provides spiritual direction to our guests during some of our directed retreats. He will be with us for this summer's August retreat. You can learn more about it by clicking here. Let's take a few quiet moments to read this important message... The Power of Words Our words are important. In fact, they are powerful. We need to be…

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January 13, 2021

The Gift of Baptism

Today's post is another wise reflection from Fr. Michael Schleupner. The theme of this week is the baptism of Jesus and his post shares the significance of this moment from scripture. Let's take a moment to learn and to reflect on our baptism or the possibility of baptism if we haven't been baptized. Jesus' Baptism/Our Baptism The baptism of Jesus is an important moment in his life. It marks the beginning of his public ministry. He has grown up, left…

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