Monthly Archives: February 2018

February 11

World Day of the Sick Reflection Jesus was known as a healer. His compassion reached to everyone. People flocked to him when they heard he was near looking for the same solace and relief that we seek. We have all known the physical and mental suffering of sickness either personally or in someone we love. Everyone accompanying a sick person

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February 10

Reflection  Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. Exodus 3:5   When you come into contact with the Holy, there can be no barrier between you and the earth on which you stand, the earth which God created and called good, holy. It is only here that we can encounter God.  All ground is the ground

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February 9

Reflection Go first and be reconciled with your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:17-37 To have the inner serenity we need, we have to remove the layers of misunderstanding and the grievances which separate us from one another. The restoration of broken relationships is an essential part of seeking a deeper relationship with God.

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February 8

Reflection The biblical  roots of the common good teaching lie in the Hebrew Scriptures where we find the prophetic call to care for the widow, orphan, and stranger, and to create a just community that looks beyond its own needs to those of its most defenseless members. Concern for the poor permeates the New Testament as well, and the call

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February 7

Reflection There was a time when generally there seemed to be respect and concern for one another. We valued etiquette and politeness. Under pressure someone might sometimes be impolite, but habitual rudeness was never acceptable.  We are becoming concerned that we are more ill-mannered than we used to be. Recent surveys have shown that Americans think manners and behavior have

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February 6

Reflection Fear is an embodiment of our ancient fight-or-flight response. It arises when we believe that someone or something is a dangerous threat to our safety. Although this is an essential protective instinct to assure survival in a real danger, it can be easily manipulated to cause people to make bad decisions. When a nation as a whole reacts to fear

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February 5

Reflection Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify God. Matthew 5:13-16 When things go smoothly and everyone agrees, it’s easy to be saintly and let our light shine in the midst of approval and admiration.  We can pat ourselves on the back and be satisfied that we are indeed the salt of

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February 4

Reflection Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Mark 1:29-39 There is a silence we choose.  We retreat into solitude so that we might be quieted enough to feel the Holy Spirit blowing through our lives and observe the effects of the Spirit all around us. We retreat in hopes

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February 3

Reflection To follow Christ means to be moved as he was by injustice, to see through the ignorance and selfishness that have brought us to this moment, and to do all we can to work with those who are trying to bring us all to a new consciousness. The Spirit of God is always the Spirit of communion not only

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February 2

 Feast of the Purification Candlemas Day Reflection The Feast of the Purification, often called Candlemas, commemorates the presentation of Jesus in the temple, which, as Jewish law required, took place 40 days after his birth. The gospel tells us that Simeon and Anna, two elderly holy persons, recognized him and proclaimed him with joy. Simeon called Jesus “ a light

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