Monthly Archives: June 2015

June 30

Reflection It is not happiness that makes us grateful; it is gratefulness that makes us happy. Brother David Steindl-Rast Because we have so much – food, shelter, clothing, “extras” we think of it as the norm. Yet, most of the people on earth do not enjoy these basic necessities or many comforts. To us, our abundance feels like a given…

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June 29

Reflection Sometimes we think that how we live our lives makes no difference. After all, there are so many others, so much involved on this planet of ours, what can my small part accomplish? Yet, my individual consciousness and spirit is part of the whole. I am not an isolated being but part of the great scope of all that…

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June 28

Reflection I urgently appeal for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. The worldwide ecological movement has already made considerable progress and led to the establishment of numerous organizations committed to…

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Human Trafficking Program

Human Trafficking Program

Enlightening Our Neighbors About Modern Day Slavery Mary Anne Geskie The problem of modern day slavery and human trafficking is a serious global issue. The profits obtained from the use of forced labor are estimated at $150 billion per year and of that amount $99 billion comes from commercial sexual exploitation.   This criminal activity is second only to the…

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June 27

Reflection The way we treat people is a good index of the measure of the maturity of our faith. Jesus treated others in a fully human way. He treated others with respect. He valued them as individuals and cared for them as persons. Christianity should have a humanizing influence upon those who espouse its teachings and follow its Lord. Our…

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Sister Kathryn Slevin, CSJ

We celebrate the life of Sister Kathryn Slevin, a Sister of Saint Joseph for nearly 56 years. To prepare her for ministry, Kathy earned a BS Education from Brentwood College. She then earned an MSin Reading at NYS University of Albany. She also had Certification Child Care Council Early Childhood Administration, Certification Small Christian Community Pastoral Formation, Certification in Spiritual…

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June 26

Reflection Early in the morning, I seek your presence, O God, Not because you are ever absent from me. But because often I am absent from you. At the heart of each moment Where you forever dwell. In the rising of the sun, In the unfolding color and shape of the morning Open my eyes to the mystery of the…

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June 25

Reflection The prophetic understanding of authentic holiness stresses the necessary connection between inner acceptance of God and external religious expression. The performance of rituals is meaningless even perverse if it does not express an inward response to God’s love and a personal commitment to fulfilling God’s will. For the prophet God’s will was not some kind of nebulous theory. Rather,…

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June 24

Feast of John the Baptist Reflection John the Baptist was a prophet who opened the way to Jesus. “He disturbed the comfortable and comforted the disturbed”. We may not be prophets, but we are still called to testify to the Christ. As Christians, all of us have the prophetic call to listen to the word of God and to put…

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June 23

Reflection We have come to the beginning of a new season, a holy time and a sacred place in our journey of life. Creator, who breathed this world into being, who is discernible within the harmony of nature, the perfection of a butterfly’s wing, the grandeur of a mountain range, the soaring eagle and humming bird, we are grateful for…

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