Monthly Archives: July 2017

JULY 21

Reflection The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the center of our world and put another there, and to honor

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July 20

Reflection Understanding helps us to see the world beyond the accepted view. It involves intellectual knowledge but it is also rooted in practical insight. Through understanding, we see ourselves within the larger context of creation. It brings a spirit of love and compassion that sees the person as always more important than the rule, and creation the interdependent reality in

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July 19

Reflection What is it that a grown up Christianity has to freely offer the world? There is so much treasure in our household that we could generously distribute. We hold within our Scriptures an awareness of earth’s sacredness that could more deeply serve today’s environmental movements. We have inherited from Jesus a vision of nonviolence that could profoundly redirect our

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July 18

Reflection The most telling measure of the meaning of kindness in life is memories of unkindness in our own: scenes from a childhood marked by the bullying of others, lack of appreciation for our efforts, sharp words, feeling ignored. There are places in each of us that have been scarred by real or perceived unkindness. “Be kind and compassionate to

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July 17

Reflection Where can we buy enough food for them to eat? John 6:1-15  The scriptures remind us that all people are meant to share in the bounty of food produced in our world. In the readings, everyone ends up with more than enough to eat. In our world as a whole, there is no shortage of food. Yet, for many

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July16

Reflection A sower went out to sow. and as he sowed, some seed fell on the path… Some fell on rocky ground…some seed fell among thorns… some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. Matthew 13:1-9   It is not difficult to find contemporary examples of the various responses to the word depicted in Jesus’ parable. Having the word choked

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July 15

Reflection Summer provides the contemplative eye with its own insights. It provides revelation in all colors. Summer has its own special sounds, Its fresh aromas, its own special tastes. In nature there is abundance, a variety and lush productivity. Summer is a season that believes in the miracle of growth and knows that abundant life is possible.  It is a

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July 14

Reflection In intercessory prayer we bring our concerns, hopes, fears, and joys to a God who cares for us as a parent cares for his or her child, a God who acts for our good in and through created causes. This view of divine action fully supports prayer for healing of someone we love, for strength to do a task,

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July 13

 Reflection An angry bitter attitude poisons us from within. It robs us of peace and turns life sour. Living in reality can neutralize this. It replaces resentment and anger with a realistic view. It is based in a healthy understanding of our own failures as well as our perceived hurts; it keeps life in balance. The goal of a balanced

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July 12

Reflection One does not find God without looking. A seeker is intuitive but also active in the search. Seekers become aware and then ask for a depth of understanding. Prayer is the language of seekers. The consistent knocking of prayer opens the door of the God who is unconditional love. A deepening relationship with Holy Mystery is the ultimate response.

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