Monthly Archives: July 2016

July 31

Reflection What is it that a grown up Christianity has to freely offer the world? There is so much treasure in our household that we could generously distribute. We hold within our Scriptures an awareness of earth’s sacredness that could more deeply serve today’s environmental movements. We have inherited from Jesus a vision of nonviolence that could profoundly redirect our…

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July 30

 Reflection The most telling measure of the meaning of kindness in life is memories of unkindness in our own: scenes from a childhood marked by the cruelty of other children, recollections of disdain that scarred the heart, moments of scorn or rejection that leave a person feeling marginalized in the human community. In those moments of isolation we remember the…

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July 29

Reflection “Master, I want to see.” Mark 10:46 – 52 The simple sincerity of that request holds all the pain and desire of his life. “I want to see.” How does that echo in the spiritual quest of each of us? There are blind spots that paralyze and confuse us. We all have them. Sometimes they are so ingrained that…

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July 28

Reflection Every once in awhile in the gospels we catch a real glimpse of the human Jesus. The death of John the Baptist is such a moment.  John was in prison because he told the truth about Herod and Herod had him killed on a whim. John was a relative and someone Jesus followed in ministry. Moreover, it bode badly…

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July 27

Reflection Where can we buy enough food for them to eat? John 6:1-15   The scriptures remind us that all people are meant to share in the bounty of food produced in our world. In the readings, everyone ends up with more than enough to eat. In our world as a whole, there is no shortage of food. The problem…

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JULy 26

Reflection Only when we see ourselves, humans, as part of creation rather than as the crown of creation, will we ever be able to come anywhere close to really grasping the greatness of God and God’s gifts to us. Only then will we begin to see the face of God everywhere. Only then will we begin to understand that we…

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July 25

  Reflection Summer provides the contemplative eye with its own insights. It provides revelation in all colors. Summer has its own special sounds, Its fresh aromas, its own special tastes. In nature there is abundance, a variety and lush productivity. Summer is a season that believes in the miracle of growth and knows that abundant life is possible.  It is…

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July 24

Reflection  And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:1-13  In intercessory prayer we bring our concerns, hopes, fears, and joys to…

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July 23

Reflection During this political campaign season, we have heard a drumbeat of anger and bitterness.  An angry bitter attitude poisons us from within. It robs us of peace and turns life sour. Living in reality can neutralize this. It replaces resentment and anger with a realistic view. It is based in a healthy understanding of our own failures as well…

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July 22

  Feast of Mary Magdalene Reflection “…the contributions of this woman to the ministry of Jesus, her fidelity during his crucifixion, and her leadership as first apostolic witness to the resurrection place her in a pivotal role at the foundation of ekklesia. Yet, centuries of patriarchal construal in literature, art and preaching have depicted Magdalene as a repentant sinner, most…

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