Monthly Archives: July 2017

JULY 11

Reflection Only when we see ourselves, humans, as part of creation rather than as the crown of creation, will we ever be able to come anywhere close to really grasping the greatness of God and God’s gifts to us. Only then will we begin to see the face of God everywhere. Only then will we begin to understand that we

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July 10

Reflection The virtue of joy is listed as one of the fruits of the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is a simple delight in being alive and a response to feelings of happiness, experiences of pleasure, experiencing love, and an awareness of giftedness. It is the understanding that life is meant not to be endured but to be enjoyed.

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July 9

Reflection The spiritual life requires that we think enough of ourselves to believe we can serve others without putting ourselves above them. It’s sometimes a tricky balance to maintain. Oftentimes, we are our own worst enemies. We commit acts of sabotage by doubting our own competence. We close off avenues that could lead to personal growth. We put ourselves down.

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July 8

Reflection In the length of daylight and the heat of the summer days, as thunderstorms crack against the sky and as you visit the shore or spend time on vacation out of the concrete of the city, silently meditate on the vastness of the universe, the majesty of the ocean, the power of natural forces and the connection we each

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July 7

Reflection  Those who rise early to seek God will find blessing. Ecclesiasticus 32:14 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

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July 6

Reflection The message of Jesus shows us that the dignity of the human race is not found in its ability to control and dominate the Earth, nor is it found in the marvels of technology. Rather, our dignity is found in our intimate loving relationships within and among ourselves and with the whole community of species. Jesus in the New

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July 5

Reflection  The universe is energized by the outpouring of Love. With the gift of life we all begin to journey within that creative love. We are empowered to be conduits of Love on this earth. Love of God, neighbor and self are in the make-up of our very beings. The creative act makes us all one. That there are sometimes

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July 4

Reflection We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.  Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

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July 3

  Reflection The people of Nazareth heard the message Jesus was preaching and rejected it because they thought they knew everything there was to know about him.. To them, Jesus was just another boy from Nazareth. He did not deserve their respect. The gospel says they were “offended at Him”. These people did what all people do when they cannot understand

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July 2

Reflection   Whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward. Matthew 10:37-42  Significant acts in life happen when we help where we can. They happen in the daily interactions with others where we show compassion. They are in the quiet

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