Monthly Archives: November 2016

November 30

Reflection Today is the annual International Remembrance Day for Lost Species. In warning of the danger of continued environmental degradation Pope Francis wrote: thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us. (Laudato Si). We need to remember that we are all connected and responsible for one another. We cannot enjoy…

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November 29

Anniversary of Dorothy Day Reflection A writer, editor and social reformer, Dorothy Day was born, in New York City on November 8, 1897. She was a radical during her time, working for such social causes as pacifism and women’s suffrage. Arrested several times for her involvement in protests, she even went on a hunger strike after being jailed for protesting…

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November 28

Reflection Hope is ”a passion for the possible”. It is the underlying theme of Advent. The Advent readings reflect a belief in the fulfillment of our expectations. We read the ancient longing: “Let us walk in the light of the Lord!” If we want to make our lives as a people of hope meaningful, then we are called to extend…

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November 27

First Sunday of Advent Reflection Advent engages us in the mystery of waiting, the balance of the visible and invisible, the tangible and intangible, dormancy and life. For us, this patience in paradox is the experience of Advent. It is the paradox that our humanity can be made godlike and God can be expressed through what is human. Silence and…

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November 26

Reflection Yesterday was the UN International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women. Violence against women takes a dismaying variety of forms. It is perpetuated by societal customs, violent media programs, advertising and economics. In the 21st century violence still affects the lives of millions of women worldwide in all socio-economic and educational classes. It cuts across cultural and religious…

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November 25

Reflection As you prepare for the holiday season, do you long to reconnect with the holiness that is the root of the word “holidays”? Does it strike you as odd that people are programmed to rush to stores at ungodly hours to buy some item that has been specially priced and hyped as indispensable? This is the season when the…

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November 24

Thanksgiving Day Reflection “Gratitude is the memory of the heart”. It is the awareness that having come into this world with nothing, we have received everything. It is having eyes open to see the love of the family into which we were born and of the friends we have made. Gratitude enables us to live in wonder at the world…

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November 23

Reflection Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, praising God until we ourselves are a constant act of praise. Richard Rohr   There is something within us that is drawn to the Incomprehensible Mystery we call God. We turn to this God in moments of sadness and joy believing that we…

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November 22

Remembrance of Mother St. John Fontbonne Refounder of the Sisters of St. Joseph Reflection Mother St. John Fontbonne was second foundress and superior-general of the Sisters of St. Joseph. She died on November,22, 1843 . In 1778,  Jeanne Fontbonne entered a house of the Sisters of St. Joseph  and the following year she received the habit. She soon gave evidence of unusual administrative powers, particularly…

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November 21

Reflection In the Old Testament, prophets reminded the people that a response to God’s covenant love required a total conversion. They had the insight to discern God’s will in specific situations and warn of the future implications of present actions. They did not pretend that religious obligations and the call of social responsibilities were separable realities. To the Hebrew prophets…

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