Monthly Archives: February 2017

February 21

Reflection While we can’t listen without hearing, we can hear without listening. The difference is paying attention. Listening is the art of connecting with another person so you fully understand what they are saying and feeling.  Listening attunes us to the multitude of sounds that nature creates every day. Listening says you are important to me. I care what you

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February 20

Reflection Today our country is celebrating President’s Day.  With our country so divided politically we look for leaders who set the common good above their party divisions and personal ambitions. We need a President with wisdom and strength to unite the members of government in a common purpose. We need a Congress who considers the problems of this nation and

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Sister Catherine Mezzacapo, CSJ

  Today we gather to celebrate the life of Sister Catherine Mezzacapo, a Sister of Saint Joseph for nearly eighty years. We recognize the long and vibrant life of a woman who requested the entrance hymn we will sing this morning, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.” How very fitting to hear the strains of music proclaim that “All thy works

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February 19

Reflection Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of God in heaven. Matthew 5:44   Offer no resistance to one who is evil. This is crazy. This makes no sense to people living in the culture of the United States. This will not sell on talk radio. This makes no sense

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February 18

Reflection When we are concerned only for ourselves, self-absorption and self-involvement detach us from reality. We become engrossed only with our own desires and our own self-interests. Having compassion lifts us out of our own small world and broadens our vision. We are enabled to see beyond ourselves to the injustice and oppression afflicting others. Compassion is not only an

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Sister Catherine Atkins, CSJ

Joy comes from knowing you are loved and all of us here were privileged to know the joy Cathy radiated each day. This morning we will join in the Eucharist, the ultimate celebration of the outpouring of God’s love on all creation. All of us here have experienced Cathy’s consistent joyful spirit, a spirit revealing her awareness of God’s unconditional

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February 17

Reflection Civility is dying. There was a time when generally there was respect and concern for one another. We valued etiquette and politeness. Under pressure someone might sometimes be impolite, but habitual rudeness was never acceptable.  We are aware that we are more ill-mannered than we used to be. Recent surveys have shown that Americans think manners and behavior have

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February 16

Reflection Hospitality is an attitude of heart that opens us to others and receives them on their own terms. It means openness to what guests and strangers bring to us. We receive a revelation from the guest which can change us and enrich our lives and open us to new possibilities and ways of thinking and living. It means providing space where

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January 15

Reflection “What is truth?” This question has echoed for more than two thousand years. It has become more urgent in this time of instant communication, fake news and alternative facts. Questions arise as truth is blurred in the communication of vital information or verifiable facts are denied. Public and private relationships are built on trust and trust depends on truth.

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February 14

Valentine Day Reflection Love cannot be adequately explained in words.  Its true meaning is not easily achievable. It is the willingness to open oneself to see, appreciate and respect the true value of another, a willingness to take on the joys and sufferings of being in a caring relationship. We all need love for a completely fulfilling life. Somehow knowing

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