Monthly Archives: January 2016

January 30

Reflection The first month of this year has almost passed. Where has this precious time gone?  How have our lives unfolded?  What of the hopes we cherished on New Years Day?  Have our days passed in preoccupation and bustle? Have we been distracted from our desire for a new beginning?  It is time to reflect and to renew our enthusiasm…

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January 29

Reflection As we observe what passes for political discourse in our nation at the present time, it might be interesting to consider this sentence from theologian Ilia Delio: “Jesus wept over those who were hard of heart; he wept over those who were blind, self-righteous, full of themselves, judgmental, critical and addicted to power.” It was Jesus who said, “…whoever…

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January 28

Reflection “Contemplation is about very basic, very real things. It is about seeing God in everyone, finding God everywhere, and responding to all of life as a message from God. Contemplation is not a road show about visions. It is not an exalted state of being. It is simply consciousness of the Ultimate in the immediate. Contemplatives do not seek…

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January 27

Reflection Where does revelation come from these days? Not voices in the sky. Not snakes in the desert. Nor snakes in the garden.  Revelation comes quietly, in times of stillness, when one ponders how to be of use. Revelation comes at the intersection of compassion and the daily news. Revelation rises up in response to injustice—as it rose up in…

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January 26

Reflection Mental laziness is one cause of the misguided opinions that people form without any attempt to base them in fact. It accepts everything that is promoted socially or politically without having the curiosity to critique it for truth or integrity. Commitment which rises out of personal conviction can change this. A sincere desire to follow what one is convinced…

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January 25

Reflection Kindness enhances generosity and balances and counters selfishness. It applies not just to relationships with other people but extends to things, animals, plants, and Earth. This means being generous with one’s presence, time, and money. Kindness is not a quid pro quo endeavor. It gives freely without expecting anything in return. Few of us would describe ourselves as unkind,…

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January 24

Reflection Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. Luke 4:14 -21 The gospel story tells us that Jesus returned to Nazareth and went to the synagogue and read these words from Isaiah: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad…

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