Monthly Archives: November 2017

November 21

Reflection We may feel powerless in the face of the large and small hostilities lacerating our planet, but we are not. Peace, both individual and global, begins with us. When we embrace a spiritual path that brings tranquility to our hearts and minds, we are taking the first step toward bringing peace to the world. Inner calmness will create gentle…

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CSSJ Atlantic Region Meeting

CSSJ Atlantic Region Meeting St. Joseph Villa, Hampton Bays November 16 – 19, 2017 Deepening the Vision: CSSJs Journeying Together From Thursday, November 16, 2015, through Sunday, November 19, 2017, more than 60 Sisters of St. Joseph from Brentwood, Boston, Philadelphia, Springfield, St. Augustine, Baden, Concordia, Los Angeles, Rochester, and Winslow gathered at St. Joseph’s Villa, Hampton Bays. This was the fifth time that…

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Remembering the Martyrs of El Salvador

Remembering the Martyrs of El Salvador

Remembering the Martyrs of El Salvador   November 16th marked the twenty-eighth anniversary of the assassination of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in the small country of El Salvador. In addition, this year will mark the thirty-seventh anniversary of the murders of the four Churchwomen and Archbishop Oscar A. Romero, also in El Salvador.  With those anniversaries…

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November 20

Reflection There is something within us that is drawn to the Incomprehensible Mystery we call God. We turn to this God in moments of sadness and joy believing that we are loved and will never be rejected. We praise God in the wonder of the natural world, in the love we experience, and in our desire for inner peace. At…

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November 19

Reflection To everyone who has, more will be given. Matthew 25:14 The talents given to the three servants are not so much monetary gifts or personal capacities; they are a share in the mercy of God, a participation in the weightiness of the divine love. But since mercy is always directed to the other, these “talents” are designed to be…

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November 18

Reflection Life requires courage. Whenever we confront a difficult, frightening, painful or disturbing experience in which we are challenged or pushed to the limit, when we feel threatened and vulnerable, we either find the courage to face and defeat fear or face being defeated by it. When our first instinctive reaction is to flee, courage is the strength or resolve…

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November 17

Reflection In the turbulence of our days, amid events that trouble us, we tend to forget that there is still wonder in our world, that beyond the struggles for power and transitory victories, deep within creation, there still exists wholesomeness and goodness and beauty. We need to try to put aside the noise of conflict, anger and division and turn…

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November 16

UN International Day for Tolerance Reflection Tolerance is not passive.  It demands an active choice to reach out on the basis of mutual understanding and respect, especially where disagreement exists. Tolerance means recognizing that our diversity is a strength – a wellspring of creativity and renewal for all societies. Tolerance can, and must, be learned.  We need to teach girls…

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November 15

Reflection In the Old Testament, prophets reminded the people that a response to God’s covenant love required a total conversion. They had the insight to warn of the future implications of present actions. They did not pretend that religious obligations and the call of social responsibilities were separable realities. To the Hebrew prophets God’s love was not some kind of…

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