Monthly Archives: May 2017

May 22

Reflection Being patient is difficult. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not waiting passively until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be…

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May 21

Reflection I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. John 14:15-21   I will not leave you orphaned.” At some point we all want or even need to hear these words. They speak directly to some of our greatest fears and challenges; abandonment and isolation, loneliness, vulnerability. They remind us that we are not destined to walk…

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May 20

Reflection It is easy In a world of plastic celebrities, people whose lives are made on Madison avenue by photographers and advertising moguls, to confuse the nature of a position with what it means to be a person. In this country we are all defined by what we do rather than what we are: kind, just, honest, hardworking. What we…

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May 19

Reflection Jesus’ words carried the conviction of one who had shared the life of ordinary people. They were not theoretical. The beatitudes were born of his convictions and his parables were based in his everyday experiences. Because of that, his words were not stale but alive.  He had an authority that was different from that of other religious leaders of…

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May 18

Reflection  As a human species we are essentially one and a part of an interconnected seamless web of life. We want to form bonds, to be accepted, to belong. We are relational beings. We yearn to be loved, to be part of a community—a community of family, of friends, of the workplace, of the neighborhood. Yet, so often this basic…

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May 17

Reflection We can be immensely intolerant of those who differ from us. The disregard for facts in the pursuit of secular and religious power, fame or wealth surrounds us and makes us skeptical and cynical. If we are to be disciples of Jesus, we need to reflect on how to be bearers of the truth that overcomes divisions and builds…

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May 16

Reflection In the midst of a happy and satisfied life, there comes an insight that within us there is a desire for something more profound. As our lives seem to be speeding by, we sometimes experience longings that are signals to us of our deep desire for God. There also come moments when we feel a union with nature, the…

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May15

Reflection  The interpretations of Jesus’ message that we hear and see from all parts of the Christian spectrum often are more conflicting than enlightening. Is this really what Jesus expects of me? Is this how I should live? How is this different from society’s way? We may have to admit that after all we have heard, learned and say we…

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May 14

Mother’s Day Reflection  Motherhood is the selfless giving of oneself in order to bring forth, nurture and sustain the life of another. There is an unconditional quality to the love of a true mother. She makes space in her own life to take in another, to love and to teach her child but without domination. She is a harbor of…

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May 13

Reflection To have the inner serenity we need, we have to remove the layers of misunderstanding and the grievances which separate us from one another. 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…

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