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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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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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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April 23

Reflection There is one divine source, whom many of us call God, with as many images and names that humanity can handle, with a love large enough to encompass everything that has been or will be created, and with enough avenues and paths to accommodate us all. The more multifaceted our awareness, the better we understand that we simply cannot…

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April 22

Earth Day Reflection The Earth with its layers of land and water and air provides the space within which all living things are nurtured and the context within which humans attain their identity. If in the excitement of a secular technology reverence for the Earth has diminished in the past, especially in the western world, humans now experience a sudden…

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April 21

Reflection In Jesus Christ, God brings life from death, light from darkness. Jesus refers to his own act of self-giving in the image of the grain of wheat that dies in order to allow new life to be set free. In the same passage he invites his followers to imitate him in that selfless act of love. The awakening of…

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