Monthly Archives: August 2016

August 31

Reflection It has been disheartening to watch the news these days and see the anger and violence being stirred up in people. The process of public discourse has been misused. What is most depressing is that when one listens to what is upsetting people and then takes the time to read and discover the facts there is obvious distortion. Concern…

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August 30

Reflection There are times when we are fortunate to experience big moments of awareness but most days it’s about finding the mystery in the every day. We don’t have to be on a mountaintop or amidst the wildlife on a safari to experience the cosmic dance. We only need to be awake and alert to all that is right before…

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August 29

Reflection Stillness is part of the awareness of God’s presence which we call prayer. It involves no commotion or agitation. Rather, to be still is to seek a serenity, a calm, a tranquility of being.  We exchange our usual business, noise and activity for silence and quiet. In the moment of stillness we touch into our inner selves and open ourselves…

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August 28

Reflection We wake to the forgiveness of a new day. We wake to the freedom to begin again. We wake to the mercy of the sun’s redeeming light. always new always gift always blessing. We wake to the forgiveness of this new day. John Philip Newell Prayer May our enemy become our friend. Action  See each day as an opportunity…

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August 27

  Reflection Each of us is a one-time phenomenon in the universe. We are all born unique. Our exact genetic makeup has never occurred before nor will it ever be repeated. How amazing! In our span of life our uniqueness wants to grow, transform itself, and flower to its full potential. The task of our lives is to bring that…

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August 26

Reflection There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation. They are not recognized by international conventions as refugees; they bear the loss of the lives they have left behind, without enjoying any legal protection whatsoever. Sadly, there is widespread indifference to such suffering, which is even now…

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August 25

Reflection When we were children, we ”said” our prayers. As we mature spiritually, we realize that prayer involves a wrestling with our concept of God. The comfortable God of our beginnings has been replaced by a Holy Mystery that stretches our souls. With our present insights into the nature of the universe, to say the old familiar words, ”God is…

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August 24

Reflection Words come to life within a person. It is easy to speak in pious language but usually our listeners carry away no long term convictions. Yet, being in contact with another whose presence reveals an inner spirituality which meets our own desire can be truly inspiring. In one of his reflections,Thomas Merton describes a person who is centered in…

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August 23

Reflection This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts. Isaiah 29:13 Isaiah puts these words on the lips of God. It makes God sound somewhat sad and disappointed. Yet, isn’t it an indictment of so many of us personally and in the public…

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August 22

Reflection The song of the crickets dominates the nights. Some trees already have a tinge of yellow in their leaves. The tomatoes are ripe and there is much too much squash in the garden.  It is hard to believe that these are the last weeks of August. Yet, they are. Soon another summer will have passed. It seems we just…

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