Monthly Archives: January 2016

January 22

Reflection “We are all called to be holy! … It is by living with life and offering one’s own Christian witness in our everyday occupations that we are called to become holy; and each person in the condition and in the state of life in which he finds himself. … Every state of life leads to sanctity, if lived in

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January 21

National Hug Day Reflection National Hug Day or National Hugging Day is an annual holiday occurring on January 21. The holiday was founded on January 21, 1986 in Caro, Michigan by Rev. Kevin Zaborney. Zaborney considered that “American society is embarrassed to show feelings in public” and hoped that a National Hugging Day would change that although he thought that his

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January 20

  Reflection  Our instilled belief that earth was created for the human species and given to us as masters for its use and abuse has been exploded by both science and theology. We now are reclaiming the understanding that the earth is sacred and we are all part of one creation. Everything that exists is a reflection of the loving

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January 19

Reflection Life is such a precious gift. We have no guarantee as to how long it will last or how kindly it will treat us. It just is. We had no part in choosing it. We will have no power to prolong it. But we do have the ability to enjoy it , to appreciate it, to take notice of

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January 18

Martin Luther King, Jr Reflection Martin Luther King, Jr had the courage to speak of compassion in the face of hate, to preach love in a time of fear, and to call for reconciliation and peace in a time of war. He had a vision that extended beyond injustice and oppression to dignity and unity. He spoke a message that

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January 17

Reflection        ‘Whatever He Says to Do, You Do It. In the gospel narrative, Mary is the first person to show by her actions that the correct response to Jesus is to unconditionally trust in his word. Jesus is the change agent that re-creates creation in God’s image. We can think of the same Spirit that hovered over the waters

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Refugee Alert for Immediate Action

Refugee Action Alert Your U.S. Senators need to hear from you, your neighbors, and fellow parishioners that you oppose H.R. 4038 (The American Security Against Foreign Enemies – SAFE Act  – passed in the House in November and now  in the Senate for a vote next week).   We need all hands on deck.    As people of faith and moral courage, we can

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January 16

Reflection To be whole is to be real. Somewhere in our growing up we have learned to survive by suppressing our feelings. Often we put all our efforts into convincing ourselves and others that nothing is wrong. We deny ourselves the relief of facing what is real and verbalizing it. We try to be “strong” and instead we slowly deplete

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Sister Muriel T. Smithwick. CSJ

When you read the Obituary of a Sister, you see the list of her ministries and the years of her service. Does one wonder who was this woman? Shortly after Muriel’s birth a nurse said to her mother, “these little feet are going to go where no feet have ever gone.”   How true that was! She had a small family. 

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January 15

Reflection If we take time to reflect on situations around us we may realize that we have been ignoring injustices that demand our attention. We begin to understand that among the poor and the voiceless are all living creatures and the violated earth. Justice impels us to recognize the equality and dignity of all and to deal fairly with them.

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