Reflection The first month of this year has passed. Have we been distracted from our desire for new beginnings? How have our lives unfolded? Where has this precious time gone? Have our days been caught in the turmoil around us? What happened to the hopes we had on New Years Day? How will we live out the days ahead? It
Reflection According to the Beatitudes those who are truly blessed are the common people whom earthly success has largely passed by, the poor, the meek, the persecuted, and the peacemakers. They may not have worldly success, but what cannot be taken away from them is their potential to live in just relationship. As long as they stand for what is
Reflection Mental laziness is one cause of the misguided opinions that people form without any attempt to base them in fact. It accepts everything that is promoted socially or politically without having the curiosity to critique it for truth or integrity. To follow what one is convinced is true requires a critical, open, and informed mind and a willingness to
Reflection The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. Mark 1:21-28 Jesus spoke and acted with authority. He didn’t offer the same old thing, the empty religion of the scribes and of our culture, a “good-enough” religion. Jesus preached something completely new and radically different. This was astonishing.
Reflection Today’s mysticism begins when the totally transcendent image of God above or beneath or separate is replaced with a deepening sense of a universe immersed in and permeated by God’s loving presence active in all places¸ at all times, and in every human being and the rest of creation that ever existed. We are at a point of birthing
Reflection “The sickness or, you can say the sin, that Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy…You cannot be a Christian without living like a Christian. You cannot be a Christian without practicing the Beatitudes. You cannot be a Christian without doing what Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25 (a reference to Christ’s injunction to help the needy by such works
Reflection It is our responsibility to live in a way that makes a difference – a way that is not bland and unimaginative but one that sees the fullness of life’s meaning and colors the lives of others with new hope. It is about this world, and about our life and witness in this world. It is about politics, about
Reflection As daylight breaks the darkness of night, as the first movements of morning pierce the night’s stillness, so a new waking to life dawns within us, so a fresh beginning opens. In the early light of this day, In the first action of the morning, Let us be awake to life. J.Philip Newell Prayer May we be fully alive.
Reflection Master, I want to see. Mark 10:46 – 52 The sincerity of that request holds all the pain and desire of his life. “I want to see.” How does that echo in the spiritual quest of each of us? We all have blind spots that paralyze and confuse us. Sometimes they are so ingrained that we do not
Reflection Spirituality represents the most profound dimension of universal human experience. Spirituality arises from an awareness of one’s part in the Whole and from the intuition that every human being and the whole universe itself are sustained and infused by a powerful and loving force, the Abyss of all energy, the source of all being. One can sense the mysterious