Reflections

Horton – By Ms. Shannon Buelt

Each time I begin a new semester with a class of freshman students, I spend a great amount of time encouraging them to be open to new experiences, to new people, to new opportunities.  Each Religious Studies class begins with a prayer and reflective experience, and one of the first reflections I lead centers on the book, “Horton Hatches an...

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The Spirit of Detroit – By Nick Klingler

As our group walked through downtown Detroit we passed a storefront with a neon sign flashing “NOTHING STOPS DETROIT.” Not more than a few doors down was a 13 story office building that is completely boarded up. Less than two years ago Detroit became the largest city in US history to declare bankruptcy. Yet while we were there, everyone in our...

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Not Your Typical Holy Week – By Mr. John Williams

I recently observed a colleague’s Religion class. During the course of discussion, the perennial “problem of evil” arose. Among the topics: why do innocent people suffer? Why does a benevolent God permit the slaughter of children at Sandyhook Elementary? How does one explain the extermination of over six million Jews in the Holocaust? These...

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Beloved – By Mary Ann Wallace

Mark 1:9-15 …“You are my beloved…On you my favor rests.” What does it feel like when I am called beloved, especially beloved by God? It feels comforting, peaceful, yet at the same time challenging and scary. Can God really love me so much that I am called a beloved child? So often when I think of myself I readily bring up all...

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Aren’t We Very Lucky? – By Ms. Hadley Moore

When Father Michael asked me to write this, he told me that I should reflect on the fact that Lent is a time to recalibrate our relationship with God. My relationship with God is in dire need of a check-up; when last discussing this topic, I told my mother that I felt like God is a childhood next-door neighbor who moved away. At first we kept in...

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The Old Rugged Cross – By Jess Rewa

Some things just take you right back. The smell of frozen fish-sticks heating up in the oven Friday afternoon…the weight of temptation arriving in a handful of jellybeans a week or two early…and the beautiful, but simple strumming of the guitars starting up a particular hymn. As the memories of a Lenten childhood fade softly into the...

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Lenten Reflection – Matt Spotts, S.J.

Even though it feels like anything but balmy, Lent, as I remind my students, comes from the Old English word for “springtime.” Not quite what I think of when I look outside these days. The readings from the first Sunday of Lent say, almost casually, “The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days,...

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Welcome to Lent – By Fr. Michael Christiana, S.J.

Welcome to the ashes of Lent! This is a sacred season for Christians, a time to take a “time out,” a time to honestly look at our relationship with God. This is a time to take a deep breath, or many deep breaths! It’s a time to say “No” to the world, to the busy-ness of the world, to the endless demands of the world. Lent is a time to...

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Mara Kennedy ’15 – From the St. Jean de Brebeuf Mass

(Below was originally presented to the Brebeuf Jesuit community at its yearly St. jean de Brebeuf Mass and Convocation on October 28, 2014). Today we honor St. Jean de Brebeuf, the saint chosen to represent our school, as well as an individual who demonstrated courage. At the age of 24, he left his home in France and travelled to Canada to...

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The Best Laid Plans are God’s – By LeAnn Parson

It’s that time of year once again: first quarter has come to an end; standardized testing is well underway (PSATs, SATs, ACTs – oh my!); and the members of our senior class are all diligently chipping away at their college applications. Applying to colleges today has become a weird hybrid of high-stakes job interview and speed-dating that...

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