Monthly Archives: April 2017

April 30

Reflection   Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us? Luke 24:13-35   That presence of the risen Christ was so real, so powerful that it changed everything for them, and even sent those who fled Jerusalem in fear back to share this incredible good news:  the crucifixion had…

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April 29

Reflection “ Creation is the primary and most perfect revelation of the Divine.” (Thomas Aquinas) “Every existence is a mode of divine presence.”(Thomas Berry)  Both of these quotes are pointing us into the same reflection: we find the sacred in the experience of God’s creation.  If we could interiorize this reality, how could we treat our earth as we do?…

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St. Joseph Villa Partners with ECI

St. Joseph Villa Partners with ECI

St. Joseph Villa, Hamptons Bays Partners with Local Ecological Culture Initiative:   We recently signed a lease to allow the Ecological Culture Initiative (ECI) of Hampton Bays to create raised bed teaching gardens on our grounds at St. Joseph Villa. Founded in January of 2016, the Ecological Culture Initiative is a local non-profit that develops environmental programing and field projects in collaboration with community groups, cultural institutions, and…

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April 28

Reflection   A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34 A person who is steeped in God seeks the good of all, appreciates differences, builds trust, and works to guarantee the rights of all.  Unfortunately, many of the deep hatreds among peoples are justified by religious…

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April 27

Reflection Simon Peter, Do You Love Me? John 21 There is a fragility in all of us. The words and actions of others often touch into our spirits and deprive us of peace. Our security is shaken. We are pained by perceived misunderstanding or betrayal. The questions of Jesus to Peter, “Do you love me?” and then “Do you love…

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April 26

Reflection Observing the boldness of Peter and John and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men, the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed, and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus. Acts 4:13-21   The apostles were men of no exceptional ability. Most of them were commonly encountered fishermen, the usual sort of people found in the neighborhood. They…

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April 25

Reflection Consecrate them in the truth. John 17:11-19   At the present time, claims to the truth appear to divide rather than to unite us. Different religious or political groups claim special insights. We can be immensely intolerant of those who differ from us. We need to reflect on how to be bearers of the truth that overcomes divisions and…

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April 24

Reflection With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Acts 4:32   Other prophets, other messiahs, came and went in Jesus’ day. Routinely, they died violently at the hands of the pagan enemy. Their movements either died with them, sometimes literally, or transformed themselves into a new movement around a new leader. Jesus’ movement…

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April 23

Reflection Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. John 20:19-31 Our task is not to search for the God beyond but to become aware of the God who is within, who sustains us, who is the unconditional gift of life and of love. God’s presence is the source of all being, of our being. That will not…

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April 22

Earth Day Reflection  We are the first people who have viewed our planet from space and been awed by its integrity and beauty. We have realized how fragile it is in the vastness of the universe. Yet, even as we are awed by the wonder of our planet, we realize that our own insensitivity to its nature is causing irreparable…

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