Monthly Archives: September 2017

September 30

Reflection It seems that suddenly we have come to the end of September. Wasn’t it just April? Time slips away and only the present moment is what is real. “Today is yesterday’s tomorrow”. It is a reminder that life is precious. To rush busily through our days without noticing the unfolding of the seasons, the maturing of our children, the…

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September 28

 Reflection We believe that God, the Source of all that is, is revealed through creation. Creation awakens in us wonder and gratitude for its amazing beauty. We gather to watch a rare eclipse, a rainbow, a beautiful sunset. Even the force of devastating storms and other natural events mesmerizes us with their destructive power. In those moments of absorption, we…

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September 27

Reflection If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead. Luke 16:31 There is a closed rigidity that lives in its own world. No matter what the factual evidence may be, a view based in one’s own perception or bias prevents openness to the surrounding reality. In…

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CSJ on DACA

The Sisters of St. Joseph  Statement on DACA Termination We, the Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates, Brentwood, New York see the immigrant history of our nation, states and communities as our own.   In the mid-nineteenth century, we came as immigrants to an unfamiliar land with the dream of becoming one with both newcomers and with settlers alike.  We learned…

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September 26

Reflection Unity is about affirming commonalities. It refers to living in harmony with other people. Unity means working for a common cause with those around the globe who know that when one person gains, all gain, and when one fails, all fail. We are crafting unity when we build communities. It can lead to actions demonstrating our solidarity with others.…

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September 25

Reflection We seem to be living in a period in which each day we are bombarded by hostility and aversion at all levels. From international rhetoric to road rage our sense of serenity is disrupted by discord and violence both in speech and action. The dictionary defines hatred as a great aversion to with a strong desire that evil should…

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September 24

Reflection Are you envious because I am generous? Matthew 20:1-16 Envy cannot recognize the gifts of others and denies them respect. It cannot see clearly; its eyes remain shut. In order to approach God, who is total generosity, this attitude cannot be part of us. To move beyond this, we need to realize that it has never been about what…

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September 23

Reflection Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) is a papal encyclical issued by Pope John XXIII. It is one of the most famous of 20th century encyclicals and established principles that underpin some of the documents of the Second Vatican Council and of later popes. It was the last encyclical drafted by John XXIII, who died two months after its…

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September 22

Autumn Equinox  Reflection There is a poignancy to autumn. This is the time of harvest. The plants have achieved their fullness and now they offer their fruits and drop their seeds. The trees, whose new green announced springtime, will lose their green and reveal the brilliant oranges, reds and yellows that were hidden beneath. The early dawn of mornings and…

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