Monthly Archives: July 2014

July 31

Feast of Ignatius of Loyola Reflection Today we remember Ignatius of Loyola. His Spiritual Exercises and the work of the Jesuits have had a profound effect on many people. St. Ignatius, from the beginning of the Spiritual Exercises: God who

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July 30

Reflection Every once in awhile in the gospels we catch a real glimpse of the human Jesus. The news of the death of John the Baptist is such a moment. John was a relative and someone Jesus followed in ministry.

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July 29

Reflection Openness is the ability to be receptive to new possibilities without prejudging them. It probes new information before making a negative judgment. The contrast to openness is narrow-mindedness and rigidity. It is a lack of acceptance that we are

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July 28

Reflection We are coming to the end of July and summer is almost half over. Yet, if creation is the primary revelation of God, summer provides the contemplative eye with its own insights. Summer provides revelation in all colors. It

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July 27

Reflection The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it. Matthew 13:44-46 Some once believed pearls to be

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July 26

Reflection “Contemplation is a long, loving look at what is real. How often we are fooled by what mimics the real. Indeed we live in a culture that flaunts the phony and lives on wild fabrication. We are so bombarded

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July 25

Reflection In the post-resurrection gospel story of of Jesus’ appearance on the beach near where the apostles were fishing, we are told that: “they saw him but theydid not know it was Jesus.” This is worth pondering. How can we

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July 24

Reflection ” Those who rise early to seek God will find blessing.” Ecclesiasticus 32:14 There is a contemplative feeling to the early morning which is conducive to prayer. Usually, the sun is just rising, it is quiet and there is

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July 23

Reflection People who are truly holy know that life is not to be endured but to be enjoyed. The virtue of joy is listed as one of the fruits of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Joy grows out of

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