Monthly Archives: September 2013

September 29

Reflection If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead. Luke 16:31 There is a closed rigidity that lives in its own world. No matter what the factual evidence may be, a view based in one’s own perception or bias prevents openness to the surrounding reality. In…

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September 28

Reflection Prior to elections, we hear politicians proclaiming their religious convictions and identifying this country as a Christian nation. Off course we know this isn’t true. The first amendment to the Constitution begins with the words: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” What would Jesus make of all this? The…

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Sister Maryann Ricciopo Honored

Sister Maryann Ricciopo Honored

Sister Mary Anne Ricioppo, C.S.J., a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, for 55 years, died in Transfiguration Convent, Williamsburg, Nov. 11, 2012. Formerly Sister Mary Marcellus, she ministered for47 years in Transfiguration parish as teacher, mentor and friend. She was part of the fabric of the neighborhood, ministering to countless immigrant families. In her memory, Hooper street…

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September 26

 Reflection Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields are crying aloud; and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. James 5:1-8 The letter of James is not afraid to address issues of social injustice. Who are the workers who harvest our fields today? All workers no matter who they…

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September 25

Reflection Jesus taught an over-riding concern for our neighbor, for his or her welfare   He said we are to care about others as much as we care about ourselves. If we did, the world would work so much better. We would put the best construction on everything our neighbor did or said, just as we would expect them to understand us. Living…

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September 24

Reflection  Racism …divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father. Racism …says some human beings are inherently superior and others essentially inferior because of races. It is the sin that makes racial characteristics the determining factor…

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September 23

Reflection  “…this …time provides not just an opportunity for individual renewal and reconciliation, but for families, communities and even nations to heal old divisions, seek new understandings, and come together to build a better world for our children and grandchildren… let us rededicate ourselves to that work. Let us reject the impulse to harden ourselves to others’ suffering, and instead…

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September 22

Autumn Equinox Reflection The balance of light and darkness that occurs at the equinox reminds us that we too are creatures of this earth whose life cycles mirror its own. This is the time of harvest, the time to offer the gifts that have been developed. We consider the plants. Having emerged from the darkness of gestation light brought them…

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