Monthly Archives: September 2018

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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September 20

Reflection We are living at a time when there is urgency for us to reawaken our spiritual connection with the natural world.  The damaged Earth is calling humanity into a new relationship with it based not on technology and the economic advancement of some, but on a view that honors and respects the interconnection of all life and the earth…

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September 19

Reflection We can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom. But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion.  This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith. In this sense, there is no need for temple or church, for mosque or synagogue, no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is…

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September 18

 Yom Kippur Reflection Tonight begins Yom Kippur also known as the Day of Atonement, the most solemn of the Jewish holidays. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul,” to atone for the sins of the past year, a day for amendment of behavior and seeking of forgiveness for wrongs done…

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September 17

Feast of Hildegarde of Bingen Reflection According to both biblical and extra-biblical sources, during the first several centuries of the early church, the involvement of women was strong. Historically we know that they did all types of apostolic work and had apostolic influence. The letters of Paul reveal the names of many women who were active disciples. This changed as…

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