Monthly Archives: November 2013

November 22

Remembrance of Mother St. John Fontbonne Reflection Mother St. John Fontbonne was a woman who truly experienced death and rebirth. At the age of twenty-six she was elected superior of a thriving convent; at the age of thirty-four, because of the French Revolution, she was in prison facing probable execution. Caught in the political turmoil of the times, the congregation…

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Not on Our Turf Workshop

Not on Our Turf Workshop

“NOT ON OUR TURF” This became the new mantra for more than 120 student leaders from seventeen New York Catholic High Schools and Youth Groups who gathered at The Mary Louis Academy on Saturday, November 16.  Teen teachers/members of Project Stay Gold, as well as representatives from Homeland Security and The FBI Victim Services helped them to hear, reflect, and…

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November 21

 Reflection Maturity and holiness come incrementally. We live, we experience, we choose, we fail, we succeed and gradually we become integrated. The metaphor “life’s journey” is based in reality. The Spirit within us urges us forward; we are always in the process of becoming. “Our gradual transformation is the result of choices influenced by grace and repeated over a lifetime.”…

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November 20

 Reflection Jesus refers to his life of self-giving in the image of the grain of wheat which dies in order to allow new life to grow. In the same passage he invites his followers to imitate him in that selfless act of love. In Jesus Christ, God brings life from death, light from darkness. We examine our own lives in…

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November 19

Reflection This is what God asks of you Only this: To act justly To love tenderly To walk humbly with your God Micah 6:8 To do “only this” is quite an expectation! It throws aside all the rituals and rules we think are making us “please” God and strips us down to the bare realities. To be in relationship with…

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November 18

Reflection The woman we know as Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in New York on November 18, 1797 as Isabella Baumfree (after her father’s owner, Baumfree). She was sold several times, and while owned by the John Dumont family in Ulster County, married Thomas, another of Dumont’s slaves. They had five children. In 1827, New York law emancipated all…

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CSSJs of the Future

CSSJs of the Future

“Enflaming the Charism, the Fire Grows” CSSJs of the Future met at St. Joseph’s Villa, Hampton Bays, from November 14 to November 17, 2013.  This new venture within the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph inaugurated a moment of exciting conversations among CSSJs in the Atlantic Conference from Brentwood, Boston, Philadelphia, Springfield, and St. Augustine, FL. These meetings will serve as…

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November 17

Reflection We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. 2 Thess3:11   We idealistically think of the early Christian communities as being models of the gospel message but, there they are– a mix of odd folks just like us. It is rather amusing that Paul…

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November 16

UN International Day for Tolerance Reflection “Technology is connecting us ever more closely, and cross-cultural exchanges are deepening every day – but this does not mean there is more understanding.” Tolerance is not passive.  It demands an active choice to reach out on the basis of mutual understanding and respect, especially where disagreement exists. Tolerance means recognizing that our diversity…

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