Monthly Archives: February 2018

Sister Tesa Receives Renewal Award

Sister Tesa Fitzgerald After 16 years of work in schools throughout the New York area, Sister Tesa Fitzgerald dedicated herself to families impacted by incarceration. “So many people lament over children getting ‘lost in the system,’” she wrote in an essay for HuffPost. “For children of incarcerated mothers, their lives are governed by three critical hours: the hour their mom is

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February 20

Reflection The community of love which Jesus preached is only the consequence of another essential reality: the all-embracing love of God. Jesus taught that when we spurn people or do not care about them, we are refusing to love those whom God loves. God’s love includes those who do not return that love. Those whom we despise, cast aside, or

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February 19

  Presidents Day Reflection As we celebrate Presidents Day, we remember two men whose strength and wisdom were able to stabilize our nation in perilous times. With our country so divided politically, we yearn for leaders who can set the nation’s good above their personal ambitions. We want them to look at the problems of this country and the sufferings

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February 18

Reflection The Spirit sent Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days  and he was tempted there. Mark 1:12-15   The wilderness is often a metaphor for a “thin place”. According to this concept rooted in ancient Celtic spirituality, a “thin place” is a place where the visible world of our daily experience and

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February 17

Reflection The real challenge of Jesus’ teaching on loving one’s enemies is not loving some group assigned a label based on politics, sociology, or economics or loving some remote person we will never have anything to do with.  The challenge is to love the people among whom we live and work and go to school, the people with whom we

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February 16

Reflection Silence has always been one of the bedrocks of the spiritual search. It opens the way to reflection and contemplation. In the embrace of silence we can be open to Mystery. From that we can grow in compassion for others. Might it be possible this lent to try to fast from the noise of gossip? We live in a

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February 15

Reflection Lent is a time for looking beneath the surface.. Lent reminds us to search out where our real commitment lies, to continue pushing up against the horizons of our awareness. It calls us to put our preconceived notions of the truth and our prepackaged ideas of the good aside. It asks us to be disciplined enough to let go

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February 14

Ash Wednesday  Reflection Rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to your God. Joel 2:1  It is so easy to “rend our garments”, the external things, the things we are willing to “give up” during lent. When the season is over, we go back to them and cover ourselves again with the garments of our comfortable lives. But

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February 13

Mardi Gras Reflection Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) has a long history of overindulgence and revelry prior to the forty day fast of lent. Even where lent has ceased to have much religious meaning there is a festival before the period of what once was strict ascetic fasting and abstinence. The observance of lent has been modified, but we can give

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February 12

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday Reflection With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to

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