Monthly Archives: May 2015

May 7

Reflection To review of what we think is most important to us, and to see what actually seems to be important to us because of what we do every day is a revealing reflection. What do we value as opposed to what we actually do? Is there something that needs realigning? We may realize that there are values we hold,…

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May 6

Reflection In the midst of a happy and satisfied life, there may come an insight that within us there is a desire for something more profound. As our life seems to be speeding by, we sometimes experience a longing that signals to us  our deep desire for God. There also come moments when we feel a union with nature, the…

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May 5

Reflection This is a time to pray for peace. And it is especially a time to pray for peace within the household of Abraham and Sarah and Hagar. As Jews, Christians and Muslims, we are painfully divided, even though we share a single descent. And our divisions are at the center of much of the world’s most serious places of…

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May 4

Reflection The gospel message leads us to unity in the midst of diversity. Diversity makes working out unity more challenging. Unity can have a powerful impact in a fractured world desperately in need of reconciliation and healing. The unity of God’s people flows from the unity that exists in God. Jesus prayed for the unity of those who would believe…

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Sister Noraleen Murphy, CSJ

We celebrate the life of Sister Noraleen Murphy, a Sister of Saint Joseph for nearly sixty-nine years. Noraleen is the daughter of Timothy and Catherine, simple and faith-filled Irish immigrants who provided a Catholic school education for Noraleen at St. Joseph’s in Brooklyn which she continued at Bishop McDonnell High School. Attentive to God speaking to her heart, Noraleen responded…

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May 3

Reflection I am the vine. You are the branches. John 15:1-8 In Judea, a vineyard was the symbol of a type of national identity. Often, in the Old Testament, Israel is pictured as the vine or the vineyard of God. In the eyes of its people, Israel was the true vine whose roots ran all the way back to Abraham,…

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May 2

Reflection There are times in each of our lives when our most sincere efforts and even our deepest caring are not appreciated. Worse yet, sometimes we experience rejection of the gifts we offer. We experience frustration and anger as we attempt to balance what is happening with our expectations. To try to walk around this, rise above it. or to…

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May 1

St. Joseph the Worker Reflection Joseph had to provide for his family by the work of his hands and the creativity of his spirit. He was not a rich man. Joseph was a craftsman. He lived his life in creative expression at the service of his community. The material with which he worked was without form, shape or utility until…

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