Monthly Archives: November 2016

November 14

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Reflection Yesterday was the feast of Frances Xavier Cabrini, an immigrant, who was the first naturalized American citizen to be proclaimed a saint. Maria Francesca Cabrini was born in Sant’ Angelo Lodigiano, Lombardy, Italy.  She wanted to become a nun but was hindered by poor health. Eventually she took vows and later founded the Missionary Sisters…

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November 13

Reflection Human beings are the universe conscious of itself. Human beings are the ones who have the heart to feel compassion and the wisdom to do justice. Human beings alone have heard the call to live in relationship with the divine, to live in fidelity to the truth and to live in the service of love. The life and death…

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November 12

Reflection We may feel powerless in the face of the large and small hostilities lacerating our planet, but we are not. Peace, both individual and global, begins with us. When we embrace a spiritual path that brings tranquility to our hearts and minds, we are taking the first step toward bringing peace to the world. Inner calmness will create gentle…

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November 11

Veterans Day  Reflection This is a day for serious reflection and deep gratitude. We think of all those men and women who gave their lives in service of this country. We remember them with gratitude for their courage and strength, and we also remember those who mourn them.  There are many who have returned home with bodies and spirits scarred…

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November 10

Reflection November is Native American Heritage Month. One of the most precious gifts which Native Americans have given to us is their deep respect for God’s creation. They remind us that earth is a gift from God to be treasured and protected. As Chief Seattle said in his eloquent address to the United States Congress in 1854, “Every part of…

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November 9

 Reflection Now that the election is over it may be good for us to read and reflect on this prayer by one of our nation’s founders.  Even though its language may be dated, its concepts are timeless. Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a…

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November 8

Reflection On this Election Day let us prayerfully reflect on our responsibility within a politically and religiously diverse nation. It is important to vote according to a well-formed conscience that perceives a balanced relationship among various goods. All issues do not carry the same moral weight and the good of the nation and the world is larger than party loyalties.…

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November 7

Reflection As the election approaches, we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our country and how to respond as citizens. We try to see each other as one and equal in dignity. We are aware of those oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender. We are open to those who seek to make a…

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November 6

Reflection Wisdom is not merely how to live, but how to live together. As we think about wisdom we try to understand the wisdom that should be reflected in our lives. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”. “Fear” in the sense of awe, reverence, respect and; the realization that each of our lives is infused by…

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November 5

Reflection Our lives are woven by the threads of our days. Sometimes they are skilled and purposeful; other times they are knotted and frayed. Some are bright and vivid colors; some are darker and a bit more drab. It is the fabric of our years. The whole weaving creates the pattern of how we are recognized and how we will…

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