Monthly Archives: February 2016

February 29

Reflection Suspicion robs us of our peace of mind and strains our relationships without sufficient cause. It causes us to view someone negatively with little evidence and no proof of untrustworthy behavior. There is a mean-spiritedness about suspicion. When suspicion is spread by gossip it damages relationships and wounds feelings. When suspicion is spread in the public arena by political

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February 28

Third Sunday of Lent Reflection  Moses said to God, “But when I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you, ’if they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what am I to tell them?” God replied, “I am who am.” Exodus 3:14  God, beyond all names, you have made us

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February 27

Reflection To be spiritual is to have an abiding respect for the great mysteries of life — the profound distinctiveness of other souls, the strange beauty of nature and the animal world, the ineffable complexity of our inner selves, the unfathomable depths of the Inexplicable One. The practice of mystery enhances our understanding of the complexity of reality. It is

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February 26

Reflection “Stop judging” is not an invitation to inaction. There are instances when a person must judge another but often our judgment can fall short because we lack objectivity. We see only the external. Jesus reminds us to be slow in judging and condemning people.  Living in a society where compassion and collaboration is often lacking it is important to

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February 25

Reflection Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of God in heaven. Matthew 5:44 Offer no resistance to one who is evil. This is crazy. This makes no sense to people living in the culture of the United States. This will not sell on talk radio. This makes no sense if

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February 24

Reflection The community of love which Jesus preached is only the consequence of another essential reality: the all-embracing love of God. Jesus saw things from God’s viewpoint. And so, Jesus tells us that when we do not love someone, we are refusing to love someone whom God loves. God loves everyone including those who do not return that love. Our

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February 23

Reflection As integrated persons, human beings worship not only in mind and spirit but also in body. Beauty touches us through our senses. As whole persons, we have a natural tendency to act out or solemnize our deepest experiences. Our prayer is enriched by simple rituals, lighting a candle in our prayer space, watching the sun set, smelling incense. We create

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February 22

Reflection Over this weekend we commemorated National Pet Day. The story of Eden has made us believe that animals are for our use. The new story of the Universe teaches us that animals are our relatives sharing our origins and our lives. The difference is that they have retained their innocence and their integrity. They teach us what it means

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February 21

Second Sunday of Lent Reflection                                      And looking up, they saw no one, but Jesus only.                                                                      Matthew 17   On the journey of Lent we are called to rediscover Jesus. In the reign of God revealed through Jesus, there is no hatred that cannot be turned into love, no hunger that cannot be fed, no opposition that cannot be

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February 20

Reflection Lent is a unique time calling us to remember, gently encouraging us to let go, to simplify the complex, to turn back, to relive faith. In remembering that we are dust and will return to dust, we place ourselves in solidarity with those who are hungry, thirsty, naked and imprisoned, homeless and dying. In letting go of that which dominates,

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