Monthly Archives: June 2018

June 9

Reflection How often do we really notice what our senses are telling us? When we wake up in the morning and open our eyes, do we notice that we can see? Do we stop to realize that we can hear the street noises, the sounds around us, the birds singing?  Getting dressed, do we notice that we can feel the…

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Pastoral Care News

S. Virginia  Down, CSJ recently completed her studies for the Geriatric Spiritual Care Certificate Course offered by the Avila Institute for Gerontology under the direction of Sister Peter Lillian, O. Carm. During this course, which consists of four weekends and one week of clinical e xperience, participants are prepared to serve in the field of elder care and serve the…

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June 8

Reflection Individually and collectively, we can contribute to goodness in the world.“You can change the world” is more than a slogan. Who we are, what we believe, how we live spreads the gospel vision. Our inner fields of consciousness can resonate with those of others having similar desires. Slowly, the influence can spread. The Spirit visible in us can solely…

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June 7

Reflection Children will not learn peace as a way of life without special efforts on our part. Choosing to train children as peacekeepers is a big responsibility. It requires the courage to be “different,” and have children seen as “different,” in a competitive and adversarial dominant culture. It means being creative in a society that still has not developed ways…

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June 6

74th Anniversary of D Day June 6, 1944 Reflection Frail, old men with weathered hands stand, Alone, lost on the wide sandy beaches, Each turning back his rusty mind clock Piercing the veil of memories When they were young, anxious and terrified, Boy-soldiers in battle fighting for their lives, Experiencing the gamut of fear and death Watching friends died horribly,…

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June 5

Reflection When the noise of our daily surroundings seems overpowering and it seems to be getting the best of us, silence is a powerful antidote. It is where we can be in touch with things and be still in the midst of the intrusions all around us. To be still is to seek a serenity, a calm, a tranquility of being.…

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June 4

Reflection The history of the world is plagued by dueling dualisms: mind vs. body, humans vs. nature, science vs. religion, male vs. female. The awareness of connections erases such arbitrary and unnecessary distinctions. Everything is interrelated — in time, space, and our very being. Both religion and science reveal this truth.  There are certain givens: The one is made up…

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June 3

Feast of Corpus Christi Reflection The Eucharist is the symbol and the sacrament of the risen Christ who is the beginning of the transformation of all creatures in God. Bread and wine are the symbol of Christ who is at work in creation. According to Christian faith what is symbolized is gloriously made present. And what is made present is…

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June 2

Reflection “Speak the truth in love”, Paul’s words are direct and simple but in trying to act on them we often complicate things. It seems we either let our simplistic understanding of love to dilute the real truth and so speak an unclear or incomprehensible message, or blurt out the truth without compassion and generate resistance or anger. It isn’t…

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June 1

Reflection Into the midst of the disorder and noise of our daily human living, nature inserts June. June is the graceful month. It brings long warm days and sunshine, graduations and weddings, lilacs and roses. It’s easy to romanticize June but why not? There is enough that is drab and upsetting in our world. We can look to each graced…

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