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Since 1998, Creighton University has offered Daily Reflections for every day of the year. Each day one of more than 50 Faculty and Staff writers at the university pray with a set of scripture readings and share their personal reflections on them. For recent and upcoming reflections please see the Creighton University Online Ministries web pages.

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Recent Submissions

  • Reflection for Saturday, December 7, 2019: Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. 

    Hopp, Larry (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-12-07)
    |In the midst of this fallen world, is God really always with us?  During the many trials of our lives, that question certainly seems to haunt us more than we would choose to admit.  Today's scriptures provide solid direction ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, December 5, 2019: 1st week in Advent. 

    Cherney, Mike (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-12-05)
    There is strength and confidence that grow from faith. The passage from Isaiah is a confident prayer for deliverance. The Psalm makes the point that trust should be in the Lord. The Gospel is Jesus' call for listening and ...
  • Reflection for Friday, December 6, 2019: 1st week in Advent. 

    Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-12-06)
    |My mind kept wandering as I read and reread today's readings.  Usually I spot a theme the first time I go through the readings, but not with today's. There were so many avenues to explore, my mind bounced from idea to ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, December 11, 2019: 2nd week in Advent. 

    Howard, Joan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-12-11)
    Come and Rest|Some might say, "God never gives us more than we can handle." At times it can seem as though He does.  Others might say, "Give it (whatever the issue) to God".  As if it were some sort of gift.|I have a very ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, December 12, 2019: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. 

    Rodriguez, Luis, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-12-12)
    |Both the Second Vatican Council and Pope Francis tell us that the proclamation of our faith has to be inculturated, that our faith has to be transmitted in a form that resonates with the local culture. We are spontaneously ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, December 8, 2019: 2nd week in Advent. 

    Zuegner, Carol (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-12-08)
    This reflection will be coming soon. Until then, here is a reflection from Carol Zuegner on this Sunday in 2013.|We are in a time of waiting, of anticipation, of hope. And the words of Isaiah in the first reading are such ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, December 10, 2019: 2nd week in Advent. 

    Samson, Beth (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-12-10)
    Anthony de Mello, SJ, an Indian Jesuit of the mid-twentieth century writes, "Behold God, beholding you and smiling". I remember the first time I experienced the weight of these words in prayer. I began by imagining the ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, December 4, 2019: 1st week in Advent. 

    Butterfield, George (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-12-04)
    On this mountain the Lord.... provides a rich feast for all peoples, destroys the veil, the web, death itself, wipes away the tears from all faces, removes the reproach of his people, and saves them.|The hand of the Lord ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, December 3, 2019: Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest. 

    Waldron, Maureen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-12-03)
    |"On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.…"|When a tree is cut down, it seems to be the end of it. But sometimes, impossibly, a tiny green spark of life peeks up ...
  • Reflection for Monday, December 2, 2019: 1st week in Advent. 

    Kavan, Michael (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-12-02)
    |Today's Gospel reading by Matthew is a beautiful story about faith and how the Kingdom of God is open to all. We begin with Jesus entering Capernaum, a city with a heavy military presence, and being approached by a ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, December 1, 2019: 1st week in Advent. 

    Hoover, Amy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-12-01)
    As I reflect on today's readings, I hear an invitation to be awake, to embrace the Light that comes after the darkness of night.  I hear the invitation to recognize the dawn of a new day, the resurrection after death.  I ...
  • Reflection for Monday, December 9, 2019: Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity. 

    Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-12-09)
    This reflection will be coming soon. Until then, here is a reflection for this Solemnity from Andy Alexander, S.J. from 2003.|This is a wonderful feast to celebrate early in our Advent journey. It is a very "Catholic" ...
  • Reflection for Sunday November 24, 2019: The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. 

    Burke-Sullivan, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-11-24)
    |As we close the Year of Luke (Year C) in the Lectionary Cycle on this Feast of Christ the King, we are invited to ponder one of the most poignant gospel passages – to enter deeply into the mystery of salvation and to ...
  • Reflection for Saturday November 23, 2019: 33rd Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Wirth, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-11-23)
    |When we got bored during a high school religion class, we would try to tie our teacher up in a theological tangle like whether it counted to baptize a baby with orange juice in a car that broke down in the desert. With ...
  • Reflection for Monday November 25, 2019: 34th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Schuler, Jeanne (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-11-25)
     Listen to the Young "Stay Awake!  For you do not know when the son of Man will come." (Matthew 24:42) What sustains us in dark hours?  What keeps fear from surging?  Life-support comes in many forms.  A word scratched ...
  • Reflection for Friday November 22, 2019: Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr. 

    Whitney, Tamora (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-11-22)
    |Today is the feast day of St. Cecilia, patron saint of musicians. It's said that on her wedding day she sang in her heart to the Lord, and she was able to retain her virginity and convert her new husband to Christianity. ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday November 26, 2019: 34th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Quinn, Thomas (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-11-26)
    |The Prophet Daniel was a young man when he was captured in Jerusalem, and taken to Babylon, by the invading soldiers of King Nebuchadnazzar. He soon became known at the King's court for his wisdom and ability to interpret ...
  • Reflection for Thursday November 21, 2019: Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

    Maynard, Angela (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-11-21)
    |In today's gospel, Jesus is looking toward his homeland, and weeping.  He calls out all kinds of devastation.  There was an opportunity for peace.  If only the people followed Jesus when called.|As I reflect on today's ...
  • Reflection for Thursday November 28, 2019: Thanksgiving Day (USA). 

    Sr. Candice Tucci OSF (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-11-28)
    |"Generation after generation, praises your works….|       The Lord is good to all and compassionate toward all his works…" –Psalm 145*|Last month, October, I had an amazing experience of being in Rome for meetings with ...
  • Reflection for Saturday November 30, 2019: Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle. 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-11-30)
    |The Word is absurd, unless it is heard! A bit of advice, be sure to listen to the First Reading for this liturgy which speaks graficly of the physiological and psychological process of coming to belief. First an idea, ...

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