Monthly Archives: October 2014

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 Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Eph 4:15 It is interesting to see that speaking the truth is linked with becoming mature. In our everyday living, it is often difficult to speak the truth in love. When things become particularly…

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October 29

Reflection What is it that a grown up Christianity has to freely offer the world? There is so much treasure in our household that we could generously distribute. We hold within our Scriptures an awareness of earth’s sacredness that could more deeply serve today’s environmental movements. We have inherited from Jesus a vision of nonviolence that could profoundly redirect our…

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October 28

Reflection The most telling measure of the meaning of kindness in life is memories of unkindness in our own: scenes from a childhood marked by the cruelty of other children, recollections of disdain that scarred the heart, moments of scorn or rejection that leave a person feeling marginalized in the human community. In those moments of isolation we remember the…

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October 27

Reflection What we know and how we act need to catch up with each other. Our personal and corporate attitudes, dispositions of heart and movements of the will have yet to respond adequately to our growing sense of interdependence and relationality. We seem to know this truth at an intellectual level. But the shape of our personal and particularly our…

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October 26

Reflection You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:34-40 When the Bible talks about love it primarily means a love that keeps on loving, it means…

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October 25

Reflection Speech is a powerful gift. We can inspire, offer compassion, share wonder, encourage, express love. We can also wound, demean, sow discord, spread negativity, or deceive. Our speech reveals a great deal about who we are. It may deceive others but usually not for long. Eventually our own words expose us for good or for ill. “Be careful with…

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October 24

October 24 – 30 World Disarmament Week Reflection Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war. Isaiah 2:4 The plowshare is often used to symbolize creative tools that benefit humanity as opposed to destructive tools of war, symbolized…

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October 23

Reflection The Lord is a God of justice, who knows no favorites. Sirach 25:12-14 The human family is wildly, delightfully diverse. We come in a huge variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Our religions and belief systems, our cultures and traditions, our languages and lifestyles, even our geographical challenges and adaptations, are rich in their differences. Unfortunately, these differences have…

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