Monthly Archives: May 2016

May 12

Reflection In this society work has become the way we make money, the way we enable ourselves to do what we prefer to do if we didn’t need to work. If there is anything that measures spiritual depth in a work oriented society, it is surely the work we do and why we do it. It all depends on the…

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May 11

Reflection As recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, Jesus final words to his disciples–to us–are both challenging and exciting: “You will be my witnesses.” That is our task before to be true witnesses. But to be a true witness means that we may have to stand for what is just but not necessarily safe or acceptable, to be firm…

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May 10

Reflection “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me ?” John 14:1-12  The interpretations of Jesus’ message that we hear and see from all parts of the Christian spectrum often are more conflicting than enlightening. Is this really what Christ expects of me? Is this how I should live? How is…

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May 9

Reflection  Faith in the broader sense is not any specific religious belief but rather an awareness that God is present in our lives. It is an attuneness to the sacred and an openness to the possibilities of a relationship with the Holy. The challenge to faith is not so much disbelief as indifference or resistance to God’s movement within. Scripture…

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CSJs at NYS Land Summit

CSJs at NYS Land Summit

Sisters of St. Joseph were represented at the NYS Land Summit Conference by Sisters Karen Burke and Clara Santoro. They joined with Sister Chris Loughlin, OP to present a session on Religious Congregations and their evolving relationship with land conservation.  See below. Religious Congregations and Land Trusts: Partnering for Sacred Grounds Karen Burke, Chris Loughlin, Clara Santoro Many Religious congregations…

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May 8

Mother’s Day Reflection The essence of motherhood is found in the heart of God. It is the selfless giving of oneself in order to bring forth, nurture and sustain the life of another. There is an unconditional quality to the love of a true mother. She makes space in her own life to take in another, to love and to…

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May 7

Reflection  There is nothing more disheartening to a person who is genuinely seeking to live as a sincere believer than hypocrisy. Hypocrisy visibly fails to practice the virtues that one preaches or live by the creed one professes. The greatest incentive to embracing a Christian life is to see it lived with honesty and selfless commitment by other Christians especially…

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May 6

Reflection  To be is to be related, for relationship is the essence of existence. In the very first instant when the primitive particles rushed forth, every one of them was connected to every other one of them in the entire universe. At no time in the future of the universe would they arrive at a point of disconnection.  Alienation for…

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May 5

Feast of the Ascension Reflection On this day we do not observe a departure as much as we celebrate a presence. The humanity of Jesus is always and everywhere our way to God. The eyes of faith see the hope and scope of Christ’s power and believe he is with us always. “This created human nature is the indisputable and…

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May 4

Reflection We do not exist for ourselves alone and it is only when we are convinced of this fact that we begin to love ourselves properly and thus also love others.  What do I mean by loving ourselves properly?  I mean, first of all, desiring to live, accepting life as a very great gift and a great good, not because…

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