Monthly Archives: January 2014

January 31

Reflection The first month of this year has passed.  Where has this precious time gone?  How have our lives unfolded?  What of the hopes we cherished on New Years Day?  Have our days passed in preoccupation and bustle? Have we been distracted from our desire for a new beginning?  It is time to reflect and to renew our enthusiasm and…

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January 30

Reflection “Master, I want to see.”(Mark 10:46 – 52) The simple sincerity of that request holds all the pain and desire of his life. “I want to see.” How does that echo in the spiritual quest of each of us? There are blind spots that paralyze and confuse us. We all have them. Sometimes they are so ingrained that we…

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January 29

Reflection “The circle is a sacred symbol of life. Individual parts within the circle connect with every other; and what happens to one, or what one part does, affects all within the circle.“ Our lives are not straight lines. As we change and develop, more persons and experiences form concentric circles within us. As the growth circles within the trunk…

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January 28

Reflection Jesus had expectations of his apostles. They were ordinary men leading simple lives. There was nothing remarkable about them except the potential he saw. He called them to become something special and they responded…not perfectly, not without limitations, but with confidence because they had been chosen. They knew he saw what they could do and they felt responsible to…

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January 27

Reflection Those who learn to be gratefully present to every moment reflect a message of courageous presence and creative acceptance no matter what the moment brings. Most of us live holding to the past or looking to the future with little time being focused on the now. Yet, this moment of life is all we can be sure we have.…

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January 26

Reflection He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him Matthew 4:12 -23 For the Apostles this was a powerful moment. It changed their lives forever. They recognized it. They went. The gospel doesn’t tell us that they had a discernment process or talked it…

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January 25

Reflection The perversity of human nature is that when we speak of our religious beliefs we know how to say all the right words. Yet, when we relate to one another whether it be at the national, international or personal level, our distrust and prejudices are not consistent with what we claim as our belief system. If we read the…

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January 24

Reflection The ability to feel deeply is what gives life its richness. It opens us to both joy and sorrow. We cannot have one without the other. The sensitivity that enables us to love also intensifies our suffering when we endure loss. It is our capacity to feel that uncovers the meaning of our experiences. To deny it or attempt…

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January 23

Reflection If we take time to reflect on situations around us, the actions of our national leaders, the prejudices we take as norms, we may realize that we have been ignoring injustices that demand our attention. Justice is a central imperative in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It encompasses all human interactions, and is also  a right of animals and the…

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January 22

Reflection Somewhere in our growing up we have learned to survive by suppressing what is real. Often we are hurt, rejected, disappointed or suffering but we put all our efforts into convincing ourselves and others that nothing is wrong. We deny ourselves the relief of facing what is real and verbalizing it. We try to be “strong” and instead we…

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