Monthly Archives: June 2018

June 17

Reflection To what shall we compare the kingdom of God? It is like a mustard seed that is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.” Mark 4:26-34   The mustard seed begins as…

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June 16

Reflection If we harden our hearts against one another, our basic goodness cannot break through. “We all carry a spark of the divine within us; a seed of basic goodness . Our work is to grow this spark into a mighty flame. We can help ourselves and each other do this by choosing to acknowledge that basic goodness, even in…

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June 15

Reflection Because we have so much – food, shelter, clothing, “extras” we think of it as the norm. Yet, most of the people on earth do not enjoy these basic necessities or many comforts. To us, our abundance feels like a given not a gift. Since we rarely lack these things, it’s hard to remember to acknowledge their presence or…

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June 14

Reflection On this Flag Day, in a country that is ideologically more divided than ever, let us remember our flag as a symbol of the many struggles to keep the American dream alive, of the reputation of this nation abroad, and as a symbol of the unifying founding principles for which it stands. Let us not just use the flag…

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Providence House Celebration

Providence House Celebration On June 7, 2018, Providence House celebrated 39 years since its founding in 1979 under the leadership of Sister Elaine Roulet.  The event was a perfect moment to publicly introduce the first lay Executive Director, Danielle Minelli Pagnotta, who transitioned to the position last Fall from NYC Department of Homeless Services.  The event, held at the Riverpark…

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June 13

Reflection  Early in the morning, I seek your presence, O God, Not because you are ever absent from me. But because often I am absent from you. At the heart of each moment Where you forever dwell. In the rising of the sun, In the unfolding color and shape of the morning Open my eyes to the mystery of the…

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June 12

Reflection There is a difference between living by the letter of the law and by the spirit of it.  One cannot live in our society without being aware of the discrepancies between what is legal and what is just. We can lead a life in which all of our actions are within the law, but those same actions may still…

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July 11

Reflection Love is our single true and ever-lasting communion in God. It is the one common link that every human has to every other person who has ever lived. “Love each other as I have loved you!” Jesus did not make any exceptions to this central directive. He simply stated his expectation. Love is something that brings us into relationship…

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June 10

 Reflection The greatest incentive to embracing a Christian life is to see it lived with honesty and selfless commitment by other Christians. There is nothing more disheartening to a person who is genuinely seeking to live a sincere life than hypocrisy. Hypocrisy visibly fails to practice the virtues that one preaches or live by the creed one professes. People will…

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