Monthly Archives: August 2017

August 31

Reflection Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. Isaiah 49:15 Mothers give the gift of life to others and when it appears exclaim, “It is good for you to exist”. Maternal love nourishes what it has brought into existence…and passionately wants the young…

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August 30

Reflection A contemplative view is not naïve. It recognizes the pain and distortions in the world. Yet, while acknowledging what is wrong, it enables one to see through and work toward what is possible. A contemplative person is imbued with the presence of the sacred in all life and in this earth. The wars among nations, the destruction of species,…

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August 29

Reflection The song of the crickets dominates the nights. Some trees already have a tinge of yellow in their leaves. The tomatoes are ripened and the garden is looking less vibrant.  It is hard to believe that this is the last week of August. Yet it is. Soon another summer will have passed. It seems we just rejoiced in the…

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August 28

Reflection It has been painful and disheartening to watch the news these days and see the anger and violence in people. The process of public discourse has been distorted. What is most depressing is that when one listens to what is upsetting people and then takes the time to read and discover the facts there is the realization that falsehoods…

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August 27

Reflection To everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. Matthew 26:14-30 The problem with the timid servant who buried his talent is that he misunderstood the nature of what he had been given. God’s gifts—received as a pure gifts—are meant…

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Sister Charlotte Maria Shinnick, CSJ

We celebrate the life of Charlotte Maria Shinnick, a Sister of St. Joseph for sixty-three years. Charlotte lived each one of those years deeply aware of the mission of our congregation to foster unity through love of God and neighbor without distinction. Through caring and compassionate relationships, Charlotte welcomed, nurtured and encouraged countless children and adults as loving sister to…

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August 26

Reflection There are times when we are fortunate to experience big moments of awareness but most days it’s about finding the mystery in the every day. We don’t have to be on a mountaintop or amidst the wildlife on a safari to experience the cosmic dance. We only need to be awake and alert to all that is right before…

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August 25

Reflection Be gentle…when you touch bread. Let it not lie…uncared for, unwanted. So often…bread is taken for granted. There is such beauty in bread; beauty of sun and soil, beauty of patient toil. Wind and sun have caressed it. Christ often blessed it. Be gentle…when you touch bread. Discovered next to a loaf of bread, tucked in an alcove at Cartmel…

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August 24

Reflection Great God, you have gifted us with a presence in our lives to save us from ourselves. You have given us animals whose lives speak to us of devotion and heart of patient endurance of the power of faithful presence and of love without reason. For the joy they have brought us and the faith in humanity they have…

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