Monthly Archives: August 2018

August 31

Reflection “Loneliness is a poignant homing instinct, like that of migratory birds. It guides us back towards this assurance: We are not meant to live cut off from each other, from ourselves, or from the Universal Reality which gives us life. We are meant to dwell in love, which is a wholehearted “yes” to belonging…We may be tempted to feel…

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August 30

Reflection When we identify with something larger than ourselves, that becomes part of who we are.  There is so much more to us than just a separate self; our connected self is based on recognizing that we are part of many larger circles. The distinction made between selfishness and altruism is misleading.  It is based on a split between helping…

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2018/2019 St. Joseph the Worker NY Program Begins!

SJWP NY is ready to begin year two welcoming three Workers! The St. Joseph Worker Program creates a year-long service opportunity for women in preparation for a life-long commitment to social change and personal transformation. Individual growth and development is built on the values of leadership, spirituality, social justice and intentional community grounded in living simply and sustainably. Rooted within…

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CSJ Garden Ministry Recieves NY State Community Growers Award

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets recently announced $500,000 was awarded to nearly two dozen partner organizations through the Community Growers Grant Program to develop and enhance community gardens, school gardens and urban farms across the state. The CSJ Garden Ministry is thrilled to announce they are the recipient of one of these awards, as they are…

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August 29

Reflection People in our midst who inform us of the future implications of our present actions are our modern day prophets. Even in the darkest moments of existence they offer a spark of hope based in the possibility of change. Like the Old Testament prophets their message is unsettling and challenges our routine comfortable lives. We don’t want to hear…

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August 28

Reflection Tapestry weaving produces a fabric fashioned by varied colored threads. Uncolored threads, the warp, are covered by the colored threads of the weft.  All the warp threads are hidden in the completed work. The backside of a tapestry appears to be nothing more than a jumble of thread—tangled, frayed, occasionally knotted, and seemingly random. It is when you turn the…

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August 26

 Reflection  Our country seems to have lost its capacity for choosing statesmen and women for leadership. So many of our leaders fall far short of expectations. With a nation in such need nationally and internationally, we long for leaders who see beyond their own self-interest and use their power to work for the people. The most dismaying thing is to…

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August 25

Reflection In one of his reflections, Thomas Merton describes a person who is centered in God as a window whose glass is invisible when the Light shines through. As people of integrity and faith, we need not hide behind safe words. Our media is already filled with words that bend the facts and political figures who “misspeak.” Our society has…

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The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Opposes the Trump Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule

We, the U. S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, compelled by the Gospel and by our heritage to be responsive to the “dear neighbor” without distinction, are concerned for all of God’s creation and our sisters and brothers everywhere. We stand with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in our deep concern about the release of the…

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