Monthly Archives: February 2017

February 6

Reflection Discouragement deprives us of confidence and enthusiasm. It dismisses our belief that things can improve and deters us from taking any positive action. Discouragement demoralizes us but hope encourages us. Hope is proactive. It believes that things can improve. In the face of apparent impossibilities, hope believes it can find a way. It is the confidence that, with God’s

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February 5

Reflection Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify God. Matthew 5:13-16 It’s a tall order Jesus gives. When things go smoothly and everyone agrees, it’s easy to be saintly and let our light shine in the midst of approval and admiration.  We can pat ourselves on the back and be satisfied that

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Sister Tesa in the Hall of Fame

On Wednesday, March 15, Irish America magazine will induct five new members to the Irish America Hall of Fame. The distinguished 2017 Hall of Fame inductees include Nobel laureate Dr. William C. Campbell; Michael Dowling, CEO of Northwell Health and grand marshal of the 2017 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade; Sister Teresa Fitzgerald, founder of the nonprofit Hour Children which

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February 4

Reflection  There is a contemplative feeling to the early morning which is conducive to prayer. Usually, the sun is just rising, it is quiet and there is an opportunity for solitude. The only sounds are the stirrings of new beginnings. Morning brings a sense of freshness and gratitude for another day of living. Although the cares of the previous day

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February 3

  Reflection The Spirit of God is always the Spirit of communion not only with our human sisters and brothers also with all creation. From this understanding is born love and compassion. We know the suffering of those we will never see. We are moved by the hunger of children, the suffering of those who flee war and brutality, the

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February 2

Feast of the Purification Candlemas Day Reflection The Feast of the Purification, often called Candlemas, commemorates the presentation of Jesus in the temple, which, as Jewish law required, took place 40 days after his birth. The gospel tells us that Simeon and Anna, two elderly holy persons, recognized him and proclaimed him with joy. Simeon called Jesus “ a light

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February 1

February is Black History Month Reflection  Racism …divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father. Racism …says some human beings are inherently superior and others essentially inferior because of races. It is the sin that makes

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