Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 23

Reflection Change and growth are essential to life. The vitality of the spiritual life is to be open. Openness is the ability to be receptive to new possibilities without prejudging them. The contrast to openness is narrow-mindedness and a paralyzing rigidity. To be frozen in position and refuse to open ourselves to other possibilities no matter what the situation or…

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January 21

Reflection 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. We can learn from animals the peace of living in the moment. “Animals are fully present. Through their unconditional acceptance of each moment they can…

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January 19

Martin Luther King, Jr January 15, 1929 – April 4,1968 Day of Commemoration January 19, 2015 Reflection Martin Luther King, Jr had the courage to speak of compassion in the face of hate, to preach love in a time of fear, and to call for reconciliation and peace in a time of war. He had a vision that extended beyond…

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January 18

Reflection Speak, for your servant is listening. 1 Samuel 3:10 The readings in today’s liturgy are about responding to a call. First, we read of the call of Samuel, and then of the first disciples. A sacred call is an invitation—an inner awareness that can neither be ignored nor denied. It comes when we least expect it and we never…

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January 17

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18 – 25 Reflection Tomorrow begins the week of prayer for Christian Unity. Since the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has sought dialogue with other Christian world communions. It is an effort to overcome the doctrinal divisions of the past and to find a common voice for the future. The temptation is…

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January 16

Freedom of Religion Day Reflection “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” First Amendment of the US Constitution Every year January 16 is observed as Freedom of Religion Day. It is a blatant contradiction of whatever religion we may follow to do violence in the name of being the only possessors…

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