Yearly Archives: 2014

Devember 11

Reflection The basic attitude of the Christian life is to bear witness to what is worthwhile. The life of Jesus did this. Superficial pieties did not bind his behavior. The gospel stories show a man who in every instance cut through to the truth. “Being Christian is not about meeting requirements for a future reward in an afterlife. Rather, the…

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December 10

Human Rights Day Reflection The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to publicize the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common goal for all peoples and all nations. This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, emphasizes the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It focuses on the fundamental proposition in the Universal…

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December 9

Reflection “Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.” (Isaiah 40:1) The prophet Isaiah was the one  who encouraged the ancient Israelites to return from exile to their homeland.  He reminds them that they are precious in God’s sight and that in spite of their sufferings, they have not been forgotten.  In our time, we experience our own exile from…

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December 8

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Reflection The opposite of sin is grace, and the Immaculate Conception means that Mary was uniquely blessed at the outset with the gift of grace, God’s own self-communication. She was enveloped from the beginning in the love of God ….In its broadest reach the Immaculate Conception means that God takes the initiative to surround the…

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December 7

Second Sunday of Advent Reflection John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Mark 1:1-8 Repentance is not only personal. It calls us beyond ourselves and our circumscribed world. It promises that a willingness ro change opens the way to new life. Repentance is an inner urging to return to societal…

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December 6

Feast of St. Nicholas Reflection In the early days of Advent our spirits are lifted with the stories of St. Nicholas There are many myths about St. Nicholas and his reputation for secret gift giving. The most well-known is the one of Nicholas secretly providing money for three young women because their father was too poor to provide them a…

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December 4

Reflection So much violence is done in our world in the name of a judgmental God without mercy. Our self-righteousness in the name of God empowers us to condemn the beliefs and lives of others. Jesus, who called God “Abba”, does not teach this. Jesus reflects a loving God who can be moved with pity for us in our distress.…

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