Monthly Archives: January 2017

January 7

Reflection Epiphanies tend to be private events. Most of us keep our personal experiences of the Holy to ourselves. They are impossible to communicate fully and they usually flow out of the journey of our lives. According to their story, the Magi had a long, difficult journey.  “And when they came and knelt down, they only did what they had…

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January 6

Reflection January 6 ends the twelve days of Christmas with the traditional date for the Feast of the Epiphany. An epiphany is a sudden realization of something, an understanding usually connected with an experience. In liturgical language, the Epiphany is the revelation of God to us. It is God shining through our human experiences. This is a challenge because often…

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January 5

Reflection As integrated persons, human beings worship not only in mind and spirit but also in body. Beauty touches us through our senses. Our prayer is enriched by simple rituals, our prayer space, a candle, incense, a sunrise. As whole persons, we have a natural tendency to act out or solemnize our deepest experiences. We create our own meaningful rituals. Rituals…

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January 4

Reflection All traditions have the story of a call. It may come from within or without but it beckons one to set out on a journey. Whether it is an actual movement to another place or an inner movement to a personal transformation, there is the metaphor of a journey which requires a response. The answer given requires faith and…

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January 3

Reflection The future is full of promise, Holy Mystery, if only because we discern your forces of evolution at work everywhere. Every opening daffodil, every growing child, every glimmer of human enlightenment, every bodily process of healing tells us the future is not fearsome but is full of promise. Your face is hidden, your name unknown: still we turn to…

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January 2

Reflection  The new year does not undo the difficulties of the year that has passed but it does generate a new sense of hope. God’s abiding presence will be with us in every hour of this new year. Each new moment will have the potential of being a fresh beginning, a moment of developing personal harmony and peace. The days…

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January 1

Solemnity of Mary Reflection Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Luke 2:16-21   We know very little about Miriam of Nazareth as an actual historical person. In this she is in solidarity with the multitudes of women through the centuries, especially poor women and poor men, whose lives are considered not worth recording. We must…

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