Monthly Archives: September 2018

September 30

Reflection And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded Matthew 10:42 Ordinary things can impact people in extraordinary ways. It isn’t about the value of the gift. It’s all about the giver and the receiver. The gift is not given grudgingly and out of obligation.…

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September 29

Reflection It seems that suddenly we have come to the end of September. Wasn’t it just April? Time slips away and only the present moment is what is real. “Today is yesterday’s tomorrow”. It is a reminder that life is precious. To rush busily through our days without noticing the unfolding of the seasons, the maturing of our children, the…

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September 28

Reflection Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) was the last encyclical drafted by Pope John XXIII who died on June 3, 1963 two months after its completion. It is interesting to read it more than half century later.  In the encyclical, four clear principles are enumerated as criteria for the proper establishment of a humane peaceful order in the world.…

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September 27

Reflection While theologians have long debated Jesus’ true mission, that of apocalyptic prophet, sage teacher of wisdom, or sacrificial lamb, the variety of images and stories of Jesus seems to point to one reality: an experience of someone who is beyond all description while at the same time being the embodiment of that for which the deepest human yearnings strive…One…

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September 26

Reflection We exist by gratuitous gift. It has never been about what we deserve. We had no choice, nor did we do anything to earn our life or talents. In gratitude we love as best we can as long as we can, preserving this earth, giving without expecting anything in return. We recognize the gifts of others and respect them. Our…

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September 25

Reflection E Pluribus Unum is the traditional motto of the United States and proclaims in Latin “out of many, one”. We might take the time to reflect on what it says and what we want to believe about this nation: that a diverse people can achieve unity. Unity is about affirming commonalities. It promotes living in harmony with others. Unity is…

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September 24

Reflection Your kindness should be known to all. Philippians4:4-7 If we wrap ourselves in religious arrogance we are poor witnesses to the gospel. We are called to have regard for the feelings, rights, and traditions of others. Courtesy and consideration are marks of this respect whether we agree with them or not. To dishonor someone publically, to scorn and condemn…

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September 22

 Reflection When we look at all the pain, sorrow, poverty, tragedy, and divisions in the world today, our courage is tested.  How many of us truly believe that our faith can uproot trees or move mountains? Yet, this is the analogy Jesus made. Faith grows as we mature in our spiritual life.  It gives us the impetus through the Spirit…

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September 21

Autumn Equinox Reflection There is poignancy to autumn. This is the time of harvest. The plants have achieved their fullness and now they offer their fruits and drop their seeds. The trees, whose new green announced springtime, will lose their green and reveal the brilliant oranges, reds and yellows that were hidden beneath. The early dawn of mornings and the…

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