Monthly Archives: May 2018

May 16

Reflection Earth needs people who feel a deep spiritual connection to all that lives. Persons are needed who exalt in the natural world, who weep at the destruction of the Earth community, and who want to connect  with others who feel the same.  This spiritual dimension of life offers an untapped reservoir of power, imagination, and courage that can involve us…

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May 15

Reflection It might be good to stop and reflect on how we react to what we perceive to be criticism. It might be helpful to consider our reaction when someone doesn’t agree with us. It is certainly easy to cross the person off as not really understanding us or as uninformed, or even as just being critical. But is that…

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May 14

 Reflection Most of us are ordinary people leading ordinary lives. Our responsibility is to live in a way that makes a difference. It is about our life and witness in this world. It is about politics, about economics and about culture. It is about our environment, about the destruction of nuclear weapons. It is about peace. It is about our…

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day  Reflection  Motherhood is the selfless giving of oneself in order to bring forth, nurture and sustain the life of another. There is an unconditional quality to the love of a true mother. She makes space in her own life for others , to love and to teach her children but without domination. She is a harbor of safety…

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May 12

Reflection The metaphor “life’s journey” is based in reality. “Our gradual transformation is the result of choices influenced by grace and repeated over a lifetime.” Maturity and holiness come incrementally. We live, we experience, we choose, we fail, we succeed and gradually we become integrated. The Spirit within us urges us forward. We are always in the process of becoming.…

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May 11

Reflection Now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you. John 17:11 Jesus did not expect his followers to live in isolation.  We live in the tension of the now, the tension of being where we are and of still being who we are.. We are women and…

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May 10

Feast of the Ascension Reflection  On this day we do not observe a departure as much as we celebrate a presence. The eyes of faith see the hope and scope of Christ’s power. The humanity of Jesus is always and everywhere our way to God. We do not stand looking up into the heavens. Instead we continue the mission of…

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May 9

 Reflection Change and growth are essential to life and development. To be frozen in position and refuse to open ourselves to other possibilities is to choose intellectual  stagnation; to close our minds to new understandings of our religion is to limit the possibility of God’s ongoing revelation. The vitality of the spiritual life is to be open, to have the…

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May 8

Reflection It is easy In a world of plastic celebrities, people whose lives are made on Madison avenue by photographers and advertising moguls, to confuse the nature of a position with what it means to be a person. In this country we are all defined by what we do rather than what we are: kind, just, honest, hardworking. What we…

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Rural and Migrant Ministries

In the past three years, the Sisters of St. Joseph have been collaborating with Rural and Migrant Ministries, a state-wide, faith-based ministry that helps farmworkers and other under-served residents of New York State. Connecting with farmworkers recalls congregational members and leaders in the 1970’s who espoused the values and actions of Cesar Chavez as he exposed the degrading circumstances that…

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