Monthly Archives: July 2015

July 23

Reflection We who are alive today are creating tomorrow with our thoughts and words. We are shaping ourselves and our cultures by what we do and fail to do. Justice and mercy are the works of our hands. They never told us it would be like this: that we were vessels of the Great One called to create, called to…

Read more

July 22

Feast of Mary Magdalene Reflection “…the contributions of this woman to the ministry of Jesus, her fidelity during his crucifixion, and her leadership as first apostolic witness to the resurrection place her in a pivotal role at the foundation of ekklesia. Yet, centuries of patriarchal construal in literature, art and preaching have depicted Magdalene as a repentant sinner, most likely…

Read more

July 21

Reflection In the 21st century, the deep rooted beliefs of patriarchal society still keep women from true equality. In our own time, 186 countries have ratified the Treaty for the Rights of Women. The United States is not one of them. Out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70 percent are girls. Approximately one-quarter of girls in developing countries…

Read more

CSJ Pilgrimage

CSJ Pilgrimage

CSJ Pilgrimage On July 8, fifteen Sisters of St. Joseph began a pilgrimage to France. Sisters Diane Androvich, Eileen Brennan, Karen Burke, Margaret Biolsi, Maura Costello, Margaret Faherty, Suzanne Franck (group leader), Helen Roberta Hurley, Helen Kearney, Janet Kinney, Filippa Luciano, Alice McVey, Marge Miller, Linda Pero, and Susan Snyder journeyed to the founding places of our CSJ heritage. We gather…

Read more

July 20

Reflection We are coming toward the end of July and summer is almost half over. Yet, if creation is the primary revelation of God, summer provides the contemplative eye with its own insights. Summer provides revelation in all colors. It has its own special sounds, its own special tastes. In nature there is abundance, a variety and lush productivity. Summer…

Read more

July 19

Reflection He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Mark 6:34 The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to…

Read more

July 18

Reflection The person we are now includes the sum of our past choices. Our life journey is marked by choices. We can replay the path we have travelled and mark the points where we could have gone other ways. Our choices have set the direction to where we now stand. Some were rational, some were intuitive and others may have…

Read more

July 17

Reflection In the summertime, we are often able to sit on a beach and gaze at the waves as the ocean moves in its constant rhythm. Water is a pervasive presence in our lives. Life originated in the sea. Our bodies mimic the ocean; the salt in our veins is the same as the salt in the sea. We are…

Read more

July 16

Reflection In one post-resurrection gospel story Jesus appears on the beach near where the apostles are fishing. We are told that “they saw him but they did not know it was Jesus.” This is worth pondering. How can we apply it to ourselves? How often do we see, hear or experience Christ through others or in our own life events…

Read more