Monthly Archives: December 2017

December 15

Reflection When we look at the many Nativity scenes displayed at this time, do we see a child of poor parents who was refused the shelter available to others? Do we see all the children hiding in the backgrounds who

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December 14

Reflection Our lives are a constant Advent season: we are continually waiting. We want to become, to discover, to be complete, to be fulfilled. We see this in the distance as something coming. We look to the birth of Jesus

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December 13

Reflection The advent of peace begins in the heart where fear is cast out and reconciling love abides.  When we die to our old hates and heal each other’s brokenness we bear witness to what is worthwhile in this life:

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December 12

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Patroness of the Americas  Reflection Each national group has its own version of the Marian symbol accompanied by stories that show the care of the Mother of God for their struggles. The most well

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CSJ Testifies at NYS Assembly

Water Quality Issues and the CSJs We commit ourselves… To advocate for ethical principles in the treatment of our bioregion and to collaborate with individuals and groups who are committed to these principles. Sisters of St. Joseph Land Ethic Statement As

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December 11

Reflection Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Philippians4:4-7 The Advent readings call us to live as people who are immersed in the message of Jesus. It should be visible to all that the word of

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December 10

Second Sunday of Advent Reflection John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Mark 1:1-8 Repentance is not only personal. It calls us beyond ourselves and our circumscribed world. It promises

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December 9

Reflection The deep desire and longing for freedom is in the hearts of all people, some in the reality of bondage and oppression, all in the bondage of their own struggles, flaws and yearning for spiritual wholeness. As we seek

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December 8

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Reflection The opposite of sin is grace, and the Immaculate Conception means that Mary was uniquely blessed at the outset with the gift of grace, God’s own self-communication. She was enveloped from the beginning in

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December 7

December 7 Reflection “Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.” (Isaiah 40:1) Division and conflict are constant among us. They are present in all that touches us, physical needs, spiritual confusion, political division, wars, and natural disasters. As

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Advent Candle Lighting

Advent Candle Lighting

Join with Christians around the world in the prayerful ritual of lighting the Advent wreath.


A Child came for all of us and because of that Child
We believe that love is stronger than fear,
Peace more enduring than hate
And that darkness will never extinguish the light
We are people of hope.

(Light the first candle)

Today we light the candle of peace.
Let us pray for the peace of Christ
which is the fullness of blessing for all.
For this peace we dare to hope.

(Second candle is lit)


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