Monthly Archives: September 2016

September 29

Feast of the Angels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel  Reflection In religious traditions angels are spiritual beings serving God especially as messengers. Colloquially, we call persons who are seen as good, kind, or beautiful “angels”. We all have those “angels” in our daily lives – family, friends, colleagues, sometimes even strangers – who speak a comforting word, spend some time with…

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September 28

Reflection It is good for all of us to have periods of time when we can examine our deepest longings and adjust the course of our lives. Focusing on our mortality and the factors that wreak havoc upon human lives heightens our sensitivity to the deadening effects of habit and routine. People often deceive themselves into believing that they can…

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September 27

Reflection To follow Jesus means to be open to being  led by the Spirit..This is a personal journey but never an isolated one. The Spirit of God is always the Spirit of communion with our human sisters and brothers and communion with the whole of creation. We are called to an awareness of our emergence from the same Source and…

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September 26

Reflection Jesus sent the Twelve to drive out the evil spirits that were in the world.  As we know from our social teaching, the evil spirits today include all kinds of powers that move us away from what is just and good for all people.  We are called to work to drive out racism, militarism, sexism, consumerism, and all the…

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September 25

Reflection If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead. Luke 16:31   There is a closed rigidity that lives in its own world. No matter what the factual evidence may be, a view based in one’s own perception or bias prevents openness to the surrounding reality.…

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September 23

Reflection Faith in Jesus is not about notional assent to a set of doctrines and rules.  It is primarily about a relationship in which the incarnational body of God in our world grows and flourishes into that fullness of life, a new “reign” in which all are invited as active agents.  It is not for those sitting on the fence…

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September 22

Autumn Equinox  Reflection There is poignancy to autumn. This is the time of harvest. The plants have achieved their fullness and now they offer their fruits and drop their seeds. The trees, whose new green announced springtime, lose their green and reveal the brilliant oranges, reds and yellows that were hidden beneath. The early dawn of mornings and the long…

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September 21

Reflection Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) is a papal encyclical issued by Pope John XXIII. It is one of the most famous of 20th century encyclicals and established principles that underpin some of the documents of the Second Vatican Council and of later popes. It was the last encyclical drafted by John XXIII, who died two months after its…

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