Monthly Archives: October 2013

October 31

Halloween Reflection Halloween reminds us that though we can behold eternity in the dark vault of the sky, we are not eternal.  In embracing the darkness, in celebrating death and the monsters of the night, it also commands us to build a common fire at a communal harvest, to pause in our hurry, mark with joy the passing of the…

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October 30

Reflection To be spiritual is to have an abiding respect for the great mysteries of life — the profound distinctiveness of other souls, the strange beauty of nature and the animal world, the ineffable complexity of our inner selves, the unfathomable depths of the Inexplicable One. The first step in the practice of mystery is to cherish the baffling, curious,…

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October 29

Reflection One year ago we experienced what is rare for us In our part of this country: the full capacity for destruction in a disrupted climate. Superstorm Sandy claimed more than 180 lives and can be blamed for at least 65 billion dollars in damage. Full recovery from Superstorm Sandy is still elusive nearly a year after the storm. People…

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October 27

Reflection Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. Lk 18:9-14 A problem arises when we are confident in our own righteousness. We can become smug to the point of despising others. By dividing people into the righteous and the ignorant or even immoral, we can become victims of a disdainful…

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October 26

Reflection Jesus offers two images of his expectations for his followers: salt and light. Salt in a small amount flavors the whole in an invisible way. Light banishes darkness and makes our vision clear. Both make a difference when they are present. That’s our responsibility to live in a way that makes a difference – a way that is not…

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October 25

 Reflection As our lives seem to be speeding by, we sometimes experience moments that are signals to us of our deep desire for union with the Mystery we call God. In the midst of a happy and satisfied life, there suddenly comes an insight that within us there is a desire for something more profound. There also come moments when…

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October 24

United Nations Day Reflection WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations…

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October 23

 Reflection Tolerance is an antidote to the rigidity of certitude, thinking that we know it all. This approach to life broadens our horizons and enables us to deal with new situations. It helps us overcome any timidity or fear of the unknown. It enables us to accept people who are usually outside our sphere of experience and to appreciate their…

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October 22

Reflection ”At its core, life is not about things. It is about relationships. It is the hands we go on holding in our hearts at the end that define the kind of life we have lived…The fact is that relationships are the alchemy of life. They turn the dross of dailiness into gold. They make human community real. They provide…

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