Monthly Archives: April 2015

April 30

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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April 29

Reflection Our lives have a certain span of time. What we experience now will be looked back on as a part of our past life. Events pass from the future through the present to the past. We measure them in time. All we really have is the present and it slips by quickly moment by moment. Yet, we let it…

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April 28

Reflection Our task is not to search for the God beyond but to become aware of the God who is within, who sustains us, who is the unconditional gift of life and of love. God’s presence is the source of all being, of our being. That will not change no matter what we do. In our prayer, we seek to…

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April 27

Reflection We humans are relational beings. We yearn to be loved, to be part of a community—a community of family, of friends, of the workplace, of the neighborhood. As a human species we are essentially one and a part of an interconnected seamless web of life. We want to form bonds, to be accepted, to belong. Yet, so often this…

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April 26

  Reflection Jesus spoke out of his experience. His words were not theoretical; they carried the conviction of one who had shared the life of ordinary people. He was human, he knew temptation, he had lived without power or influence among those who were disempowered and poor. The beatitudes were born of his convictions and his parables were based in…

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April 25

Reflection When we talk about the environment, about creation, my thoughts turn to the first pages of the Bible, the Book of Genesis, which states that God placed man and woman on earth to cultivate and care for it. And the question comes to my mind: What does cultivating and caring for the earth mean? Are we truly cultivating and…

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April 24

Arbor Day Reflection This is the season that belongs to the trees. They reach against the blue sky with arms of pink and white and yellow, a rainbow all their own. Tired city streets are enlivened with their beauty, and parks and country sides are saturated with their colors. Trees are our spiritual and physical benefactors. We need them and,…

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April 23

Reflection Humankind must be a steward of the Earth; Caretakers for all that dwells upon it; To be of one heart with all things. Human beings must learn to share the tears of every living thing, To feel in our hearts the pain of the wounded animal, each crushed blade of grass; Mother Earth is our flesh; the rocks, our…

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April 22

Earth Day Reflection This year’s Earth Day theme, It’s Our Turn to Lead, is focused on delivering millions of voices to push global leaders to take action on climate change, the environment, and the connection between poverty and climate change. Earth Day can be a stepping stone on the road to Paris, where the world’s leaders will meet to sign…

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April 21

Reflection A flourishing humanity on a thriving earth in an evolving universe all together filled with the glory of God: such is the global vision of creation we are called to at this critical age of earth’s distress. The immediate aim is to establish and protect healthy ecosystems where all creatures, including poor human beings, can thrive. The long term…

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