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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 6/29/2014 2:45 PM

Sometimes, the best laid plans of mice and men go awry. As I knew that I would transitioning out of the Vocation Office and entering full time parish life for the first time, there was a hope to ‘unplug’ from downtown life and get some downtime until ‘plugging in’ to parish life. Alas, that was not to happen! (God laughs when we tell Him our plans, eh?)

However, after a month and half of running like crazy between two positions, there is more of a need than ever for me to unplug a bit here during this time of transition. So, this weekend and next, I am taking a bit of vacation with friends and then with family to recharge my batteries and ‘let go’ of things downtown so I can come back with a refreshed spirit and mind to give full attention here to St. John Neumann. Please be assured of my prayers for you all during this time off, for my heart is already here!

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 6/22/2014 10:11 AM

Last week, as we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we reflected on the very inner workings of the Triune God who desires to draw us deeper into relationship with Himself. But what strikes me in that desire to grow in relationship with God is that very key question as to how, exactly, do we do this?

Obviously, prayer is an important aspect of this growth in relationship with Christ, for it is in prayer that ‘heart speaks unto heart,’ as Blessed John Henry Newman would say. At the onset of the fourth part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, prayer is described as God’s gift, covenant and communion. (CCC. 2558-2565)

The feast we celebrate today (The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ) gives us an insight and an approach into the life of prayer required to enter more deeply into the life of the Triune God. For the Eucharist that we receive is no longer bread and/or wine, but the Living Presence of Jesus Christ: Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. In His great love for us, Jesus gives of Himself to us in a way that we can ingest, take in, make a part of ourselves, so that we can be lifted to become more and more a part of Him.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 6/15/2014 9:37 AM
In a happy coincidence this year, Father’s Day and the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity fall on the same day. When Jesus Christ revealed the face of God as ‘Father,’ there began an intimate link between our earthly father and our Father in Heaven. Especially as children grow, their initial relationship with God the Father is based on and modeled after their relationship with their earthly father. No pressure, Dads!
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 6/8/2014 8:09 AM
What a dynamic scene plays out in the First Reading for this Feast of Pentecost. The Jewish Diaspora has gathered together in Jerusalem for the end of the spring feasts and nothing like they have ever seen happens just before their eyes: Galileans, and mostly uneducated workman, start preaching about Jesus Christ in a way and a language that every person there can understand. Amazement fills the crowd as they both recognize these men who are preaching and the content of their preaching starts to take hold.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 6/1/2014 8:19 PM
Today, I am celebrating with some friends and family, my tenth anniversary as a priest. It is hard to imagine that it has only been ten years that I have been doing this work, but in other ways, it seems to have gone past so very quickly that I can’t even think of what else I could be doing that is so rewarding: personally, professionally, spiritually. Some days are such a whirlwind (especially right now!) that it can be so easy to miss the Grace of the Lord, who sustains us in all things. It can be like breathing, you don’t notice it until it is gone!

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