Monthly Archives: October 2015

October 31

Halloween Reflection Halloween reminds us that though we can behold eternity in the dark vault of the sky, we are not eternal.  In embracing the darkness, in celebrating death and the monsters of the night, it also commands us to build a common fire at a communal harvest, to pause in our hurry, mark with joy the passing of the

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October 30

Reflection There is in each of us a hunger for the holy. We have a contemplative core that is as much a part of who we are as our other needs and desires. We tend to make it complicated but something so deep in us has to be more simple and attainable if only we take time to pay attention.

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October 29

Reflection Roman Catholic cardinals, patriarchs and bishops from around the world appealed to climate-change negotiators to approve a “fair, legally binding and truly transformational climate agreement.”  The prelates’ appeal calls for a “major breakthrough in Paris” that puts “the common good ahead of national interests,” and advances a 10-point policy proposal “drawing on the concrete experience of people across the

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October 28

Reflection Acceptance is the universal currency of real friendship. It allows the other to be the other. It puts no barriers where life should be. It does not warp or shape or wrench a person to be something other than what they are. It simply opens its arms to hold the weary and opens its heart to hear the broken

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October 27

Reflection We are living in a difficult time in human history but there have been difficult periods before. It is a time when we need those whose thinking can be creative. Creativity requires courage. It means taking what is ordinary and presenting it from a different perspective and in a new arrangement. It becomes a new thing, a break away

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October 26

Reflection The expectation that all Christians love one another seems idealistic and unreal especially when we must relate to someone whom, in our estimation, is unlovable. Clearly, not everyone is equally loveable and some people may be truly annoying. Yet, there is a love that cherishes the life of all, that wills the good of all, that is compassionate to

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October 25

Reflection “Master, I want to see.” Mark 10:46 – 52  The simple sincerity of that request holds all the pain and desire of his life. “I want to see.” How does that echo in the spiritual quest of each of us? There are blind spots that paralyze and confuse us. We all have them. Sometimes they are so ingrained that

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October 24

United Nations Day Reflection WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations

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October 23

Reflection The all-embracing community of love which Jesus preached was only the consequence of another essential reality: the all-embracing love of God. To love without limits, without frontiers, loving everyone including those who do not return that love is to love as God loves. When we do not love someone, we are refusing to love someone whom God loves, a

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October 22

Reflection We need each other and our abilities and talents to make the world what it ought to be, We need teachers to share and explain the message of Christ; we need people with the gifts of prayer and faith to help carry those who are struggling; we need people who are gifted with their hands and imagination to create

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