Monthly Archives: April 2016

April 30

Reflection It is good for all of us to have periods of time when we can examine our deepest longings and correct the course of our lives. It creates an awareness and appreciation for the precious significance of everyday existence. For all of us, focusing on human mortality and the factors that wreak havoc upon human lives heightens sensitivity to

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Sister Elizabeth Profreidt, CSJ

ELIZABETH PROEFRIEDT, PRESENTE!   We, the Community, who are gathered here to remember and celebrate our sister Liz, believe that she is present here with us as is her friend, Dan Berrigan, both members of the Kairos community, who spent their lives speaking truth to power and praying and working to ease the burdens of our sisters and brothers wherever they

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April 29

Reflection Play is the exuberant expression of our being. It is at the heart of our creativity and our most carefree moments of devotion. It helps us live with absurdity, paradox, and mystery. It feeds our joy and wonder. It keeps our search for meaning down to earth. Most of us don’t play enough. We’re either too “busy,” a code

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April 28

Reflection Consecrate them in the truth. John 17:11-19   At the present time, claims to the truth appear to divide rather than to unite us. Different religious or political groups claim special insights. We can be immensely intolerant of those who differ from us. We need to reflect on how to be bearers of the truth that overcomes divisions and

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Sister Joan Marie McAvoy, CSJ

Sister Joan Marie McAvoy, Sister Maria Columba, was a Sister of St. Joseph for nearly 68 years. Many of us have seen a common garden sign or plaque that reads “Life Began in A Garden.” Hold that image of garden in your mind. Remember the hard work entailed in preparing the soil, the dedication to tend to the planting and

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April 27

Reflection If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all. Mark 9:30-37  The evening news is focused on those aspiring to political power. If we are paying attention, we try to discern qualities of leadership in the various candidates. The following is a quote about servant leadership: The servant-leader is servant

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April 26

Reflection In our reading, we can find all sorts of lists that outline the qualities of adulthood. They tell us to manage our emotions, to act with greater self-confidence, to enhance our personal development and not to exploit or harm other people. There is one important deficiency. Most ignore the context in which we live, the fact that we are

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Sister Agnes Alphonse Finamore, CSJ

Rosemary Agnes Finamore was born to Agnes and Alphones Finamore on Sept 2, 1919. She grew up in St. Ephem’s Parish in Brooklyn and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Feb 2 1940.  In Sept of 1941 she began her teaching career at St. Francis Xavier parish in Park Slope – a double grade of 3B/4A.  It’s likely there

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April 25

Reflection The Gospel challenge for those of us who try to live a Christian life is to put our faith into action. When we look at all the pain, sorrow, poverty, tragedy, suffering and divisions in the world today, our courage is tested.  How many of us really believe that our faith can uproot trees or move mountains? Yet, this

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