Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 31

Hundreth Anniversary of Birth of Thomas Merton Reflection Dear God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually

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January 30

Reflection   The first month of this year has almost 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

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January 29

Reflection “Master, I want to see.”  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 do not even

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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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Sister Frances Hagan, CSJ

  On this the Feast of the Purification, Candlemas, we celebrate the life of Sister Frances Hagan, a Sister of St. Joseph for nearly sixty-eight years. Candlemas is a feast of light, not ordinary light but the light that radiates the presence of Jesus in our lives, Fran radiated that life and light with her constant attention to those who

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January 27

Reflection “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region.” The gospel story tells us that Jesus returned to Nazareth and went to the synagogue and read these words from Isaiah: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the

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January 26

Reflection An angel is not necessarily a celestial being. The Greek term “angelos” means “messenger.” Anyone who wakes us up to be more alive, more truly ourselves, is an “angel”. We have all met messengers in this sense. They come in the most unexpected guises. It’s not the wings that make the angel, but the message of courageous presence and

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Sister Margaret Patricia Ryan, CSJ

We are here today to celebrate the life of a woman who could truly be called a long-haul lover. The Danish philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard has said that “purity of heart is to will one thing”, and Margaret Patricia Ryan did just that. She was a very focused woman whose spirituality guided her life very deeply. She never let

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January 25

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 these hardworking fishermen, this moment changed their lives forever. They left “at once” and they followed him. The gospel doesn’t tell us that they had a discernment process. They didn’t form

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January 24

Reflection From our earliest conscious existence, we humans have always been drawn to God. Over the centuries, we have given God many forms and many names. Christians have found God through Jesus. In this 21st century, we know that we live in a quantum universe of constant change. We have outgrown the concept of an up or down world with

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