Monthly Archives: August 2013

August 31

Reflection Shadow is a corrective to any tendency to make spirituality into simplistic feelings of sweetness and light; it balances Pollyanna thinking. People do terrible things to each other, sometimes because of their beliefs and in the name of their religion. Individuals, even those who are deeply spiritual, go through dark nights of the soul when depression and not-knowing take…

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August 30

Reflection In God’s vision the distinctions that we make in our life on earth do not apply. On earth we are divided by races, skin colors, nationalities, and languages. In God’s dream all people are one. The Creator who made all races loves all races. On earth we are divided socially, ethnically, educationally and economically. But in God’s vision it…

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August 29

 Reflection Prayer is not simply saying words or repeating formulas. Prayer is an attitude of seeking union with God. It is the awareness of the presence of the Mystery who is God within us and around us. In prayer there is complete self-revelation and nothing to hide. It is the place where we admit our need and place our hope…

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August 28

Fiftieth Anniversary of March on Washington 1963 Reflection Martin Luther King, Jr. was an ordinary man with extraordinary moral courage and commitment to the peaceful revolution of nonviolence. He did not begin his ministry considering himself a prophet, and at one point after a particularly threatening phone call, he sat at his kitchen table and pondered how he could withdraw…

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August 27

  Reflection “All of us are caught up in complex situations. We have multiple responsibilities and minimal disposable time. Yet this is when God expects us to live spiritually responsible lives. Not when things get better. Not when the frenzy tapers off or ceases altogether. Not when we retire. Now. In the middle of whatever is happening, we are to…

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August 26

August 26 Reflection                            “I give thanks to my God always on your account” Do we take people for granted? Each of us, if we take the time, can think with deep gratitude of the people whose goodness has supported and encouraged us. We have probably received much more than we have consciously given. If we reflect on it, we…

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August 25

Reflection   And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.  Lk 13:22-30   This weekend celebrations and events in Washington, D.C. will commemorate the…

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August 24

Reflection The picture of Jesus we find in the early Christian scriptures can be a model for us no matter what our particular faith tradition or philosophy. There we read about the life and teachings of one who saw and honored God in all things, boldly lived his truth, loved more broadly and deeply than his contemporaries, nonviolently challenged the…

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August 23

Reflection Prejudice is usually born of ignorance. We have preconceived notions that we have not tested through personal experience but only by what we have heard or have grown up hearing. We are not born hating or despising people different from ourselves, it is an acquired pattern. The smaller our world view the more closed we are to the differences…

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August 22

Reflection  Diversity is a universal principle which has been at work in the universe since the very beginning of creation.  This diversity exists both between the species and within each species and is constantly being created anew by the Creative Spirit of God. Each simple particle is different from every other, becoming ever more complex while still remaining distinct.  Now,…

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