Monthly Archives: October 2013

October 14

Columbus Day Reflection This day is charged with many meanings and emotions. For some it is a day of national pride. For others it marks the coming of Europeans to a land already settled. As a people we have inherited this beautiful land which once was the homeland of another people. There is an element of sadness in the fact…

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October 13

Reflection Ten were cleansed were they not? Where are the other nine? Has only one returned to give thanks to God? Luke 17:17 -18 “Jesus continues to wonder in disappointment and amazement why gratitude is not expressed for all he has done. When we are kind and generous yet receive only ingratitude in return we are hurt and resentful. We…

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October 12

Reflection How do we define true greatness? Is it by name recognition, titles and academic degrees, personal accomplishments, power, wealth, popularity? Is it measured in the quality of experiences and pleasures that we have been able to enjoy in life? How do we define true greatness? Jesus defines true greatness not as what the world counts as greatness. True greatness…

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October 11

International Day of the Girl Child Reflection Girls face double discrimination due to their gender and age, and are the most marginalized and discriminated group across the globe. Millions of girls around the world are denied their basic rights – from the right to an education to the right to be protected from violence. Girls face unique challenges simply because…

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October 10

Reflection As we endure the political climate in which we live, we see positions and attitudes which are frozen in time and people trapped in beliefs which block them from opening themselves to new situations no matter what the evidence or implications may be. Because they are powerful, ordinary people suffer and nations look on with anxiety. It is disheartening.…

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October 9

Reflection During times of stress our responses say more about our lives than we might wish. A disconnection between our ordinary lives and our spirituality keeps us from responding to life’s stresses in a centered way. To face the difficulties of life both big and small, love and truth are needed. Authentic love is the result of Christ’s message of…

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October 8

Reflection Gratitude doesn’t take things for granted or feel entitled. Instead it fills us with appreciation, acceptance, and satisfaction for whatever we receive. In our relationships, it is never unresponsive to a gift or a gesture of generosity or love. Rather it is an attitude of mind and a way of life which connects us to the gift of  every…

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October 7

 Reflection Just to be is a blessing; just to live is holy. Abraham Heschel  The gift of life is the deepest blessing. We are through the unconditional vivifying Spirit of God. We and all living things are truly marvels!  Each of us is meant to be a spark of light in this wondrous blaze of creation. To live being completely…

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October 6

 Reflection “…the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come…” The prophet Habbakuk was caught in a particular situation in his own historic time, yet his words speak to us now. We, who have been captivated by the vision of Jesus, must keep it alive…

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Respect for ALL Rally

Respect for ALL Rally

October 5: National Day for Human Dignity and Respect for ALL Sisters of St. Joseph, Associates, co-ministers,and friends attended rallies in Brentwood, Brooklyn, and New York to demand dignity and respect for ALL families, and to call on Congress to pass immigration reform this year. More than 160 rallies were planned throughout the United States. Karina Claudio-Betancourt (Academia Maria Reina,…

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