Monthly Archives: February 2017

February 13

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday Reflection Yesterday was the day we usually celebrated Lincoln’s birthday. Let us reflect on his memorable words. “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care

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February 12

Reflection Go first and be reconciled with your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:17-37 The restoration of broken relationships is an essential part of seeking a deeper relationship with God. It is difficult to be conscious of being enspirited by Holy Mystery and still be consumed by envy or anger and engage in harmful

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Sister Consuela DeBiase, CSJ

  Today we celebrate the life of Sister Consuela DeBiase. What is the measure of a life well lived?  One could start with the simple facts of her childhood– born in Brooklyn on September 7,1937, eldest daughter of Caesare and Lucille DeBiase, nurtured in a traditional Italian family, one of two girls, her father a family physician.   Connie’s early life

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February 11

World Day of the Sick Reflection We have all known the physical and mental suffering of sickness either personally or in someone we love. Everyone accompanying a sick person whether a medical professional or someone close who is facing the unbearable thought of loss wishes for something that will effect a cure and restore health. Yet, we go on living

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February 10

Reflection Fear is an embodiment of our ancient fight-or-flight response. It arises when we believe that someone or something is a dangerous threat to our safety. Although this is an essential protective instinct to assure survival in a real danger, it can be easily manipulated to cause people to make bad decisions. When a nation as a whole reacts to fear

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Immigration Sanctuary Conference

More than 150 people joined a five-hour conference, held at the Sisters of St. Joseph Renewal Center in Brentwood, to discuss steps to assist undocumented immigrants. Community advocates, religious leaders and concerned citizens responded to a call to assist immigrants in the region, ahead of expected enforcement that could put many in deportation danger. The event was sponsored by Jobs with Justice.  

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February 9

Reflection The rigidity of certitude, believing that only we have it right, has an antidote in tolerance. Tolerance enables us to accept people who are usually outside our sphere of experience and to appreciate them.  It helps us overcome any timidity or fear of the unknown and opens us to appreciation and acceptance. An open approach to life broadens our

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Sister Frances E. Costello, CSJ

Sister Frances Costello entered the Siosters of St. Joseph in February 2, 1943.  She earned a BA in Italian at Manhattan College and studied Special Education at Catholic University of America.. How else to begin this reflection on the life of Sister Frances Costello than by saying the words she said over and over again to us at Sacred Heart…I

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February 8

Reflection Mental laziness is one cause of the misguided opinions that people form without any attempt to base them in fact. It accepts everything that is promoted socially or politically without having the curiosity to critique it for truth or integrity. Unfortunately, good will is not an adequate substitute for ignorance. Commitment which rises out of personal conviction can change

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February 7

Reflection Enlightenment is the ability to see beyond all the things we make God to find God. We make religion God and so fail to see godliness where religion is not, though goodness is clear and constant in the simplest of people, in the remotest of places. We make national honor God and fail to see the presence of God

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