Monthly Archives: February 2018

February 28

Reflection Sometimes we need to reflect on whether we live out our religion but we are ignoring the gospel. We need to look at whether we are strong in the observances while we buy into the sterotypes and prejudicial attitudes afloat toward the poor, the alien, and those different from ourselves. We have to listen to ourselves as we speak;…

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February 27

 Reflection At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted. Matthew 4:1-11 Wildernesses come into our lives in many forms and usually at unexpected times. We don’t seek them out but somehow we find ourselves there. They are barren and lonesome and they sap our strength. We become fragile and vulnerable and that seems…

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February 25

Reflection Jesus took Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves and he was transfigured before them. Mark 9:2-10   In mythic tradition, the mountain is the place where earth touches sky. Its summit enters the sphere of eternity and its base is in the mortal world. At the mountain top, the divine reveals…

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February 24

Reflection                                There is a mean-spiritedness about suspicion that differs from the realistic caution that is appropriate in certain situations. Suspicion spread in the public arena fuels fears and widens divisions. Without sufficient cause suspicion robs us of our peace of mind and strains our relationships.…

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February 23

 Reflection  Discouragement can demoralize us. It deprives us of confidence and enthusiasm. It robs us of the belief that things can improve and deters us from taking any positive action. Discouragement results in dissatisfaction with the past, unhappiness with the present, and concern for the future. Hope, instead, is proactive. Even in the face of apparent impossibilities, hope believes it…

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February 22

Reflection Patience is more than just gritting our teeth and hanging in there. Patience is the ability to control oneself in annoying or difficult situations. Instead of reacting blindly, it enables us to realize we do not have to get angry just because things don’t go our way. We cannot avoid unpleasant, frustrating situations or people who may annoy us,…

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February 21

Reflection Lent is a unique time calling us to remember, encouraging us to let go, to simplify the complex in our lives, to refocus. In remembering that we are of the earth and will return to the earth, we place ourselves in solidarity with those who are hungry, thirsty, naked and imprisoned, homeless and dying. In letting go of that…

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Combined Committee Weekend

The members of all CSJ Standing Committees joined for their annual meeting February 16-18. At this meeting committee members reviewed the past year and planned for the future. The weekend was framed by Margaret Wheatley’s new book Who Do We Choose To Be? Among the discussion topics were: What does a New Way of Working/Being look like? How do I,…

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CSJ Testifies at NYS Assembly

 Water Quality Issues and the CSJs We commit ourselves… To advocate for ethical principles in the treatment of our bioregion and to collaborate with individuals and groups who are committed to these principles. Sisters of St. Joseph Land Ethic Statement As discussed at the Master Plan meetings for the Brentwood property, we have initiated steps to improve the sewage disposable system at our…

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