Monthly Archives: April 2018

April 30

Reflection Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.…

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April 29

Reflection I am the vine. You are the branches. John 15:1-8  In Judea, a vineyard was the symbol of a type of national identity. Often, in the Old Testament, Israel is pictured as the vine or the vineyard of God. In the eyes of its people, Israel was the true vine whose roots ran all the way back to Abraham,…

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April 28

Reflection  Fear is one of the main sources of cruelty. Some fears are rational and some are not; we need to know the difference. 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…

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CSJs Host Climate Discussion

Climate Change on Long Island – the Lived Experience On April 26 in the Academy of St. Joseph our congregation hosted a panel discussion to examine the lived experience of climate change on Long Island.  Fishermen, farmers, construction engineers, scientists, pulmon ologists, and naturalists helped us move past the debate over climate change.  The group examined how it affects Long…

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April 27

Arbor Day Reflection This is the season that belongs to the trees. They reach against the blue sky with arms of pink and white and yellow, a rainbow all their own. Tired city streets are enlivened with their beauty, and parks and country sides are saturated with their colors. Trees are our spiritual and physical benefactors. We need them and,…

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April 26

Reflection Jesus spoke out of his experience. His words were not theoretical; they carried the conviction of one who had shared the life of ordinary people. He was human, he knew temptation, he had lived without power or influence among those who were disempowered and poor. The beatitudes were born of his convictions and his parables were based in his…

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Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ Retires from Teaching but not from Theology

Once feminist theologian St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson decided she would retire from teaching at Fordham University, she invited current and former doctoral students, graduate assistants and mentees to help themselves to books from her personal library, many of the volumes marked with annotations in her own handwriting, and at least one containing a personal letter from the author. The recipients,…

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April 25

Reflection Our lives have a certain span. What we experience now will be looked back on as a part of our past life. Events pass from the future through the present to the past. We measure them in time. All we really have is the present and it slips by quickly moment by moment. Yet, we let it slip by…

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April 24

Reflection It is apparent that the new way of living Jesus had in mind was a “here-now” rather than a “here-after” vision. Far from being a theoretical idea or having a far off location, this was to be a present reality, rooted in earthly space-time. It had to do with real relationships with real people, an inclusivity that disregarded cultural…

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