Monthly Archives: December 2018

December 31

New Years Eve Reflection God is the God of our yesterdays as well as our tomorrows. We look at the year that has passed with its difficulties as well as its joys and give thanks; we look toward the year to come with hope and confidence in God’s provident love. Grateful for the coming new year, we can embrace the

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December 30

Feast of the Holy Family Reflection When we think of the Holy Family, we usually limit our thoughts to the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Yet, Christmas teaches that God is at home with us. “We are one in the family of faith, sharing our small planet as together we hurl through space. This is our home and these

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December 29

Reflection The image of the Holy Family, the gospel story of the birth of Jesus, and circumstances in which we encounter this reality provide us with the Jesus way to live in the midst of a world terribly divided by political, economic, and nationalistic tensions.  What if each of us sought to bring love and light, warmth and peace, to

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Sister Mary Louise Maier, CSJ

In the course of my life, I wrote several tributes to S. Mary Maier, It was always an easy job because she was such a special person. Mary Maier had distinguished academic credentials. When she joined the faculty of St. Joseph’s College in 1972, she had just completed her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Michigan. In addition

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December 28

Feast of the Holy Innocents Reflection Today is the traditional Feast of the Holy Innocents, those children who according to the Gospel story were killed at the order of King Herod in order to protect his own power and domination. This slaughter continues in our own time. We see children victimized by war and terrorism. Children suffer and die from disease,

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Sister Elizabeth O’Neill, CSJ

It is a joy and a privilege to be here to pay tribute to a special person-Sister Elizabeth O’Neill, CSJ, Aunt Itzy, and our dear friend, ITZY!!!  A unique name for a very unique person. But how did Elizabeth O’Neill become “Itzy”? It all began with Mr. Consolari, the O’Neill’s downstairs neighbor on Kingston Avenue in Greenpoint who would sing

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December 27

Reflection Now that the shopping is over, the gifts are unwrapped, the cards have been sent, and the carols are sung, what about Jesus? Have we embraced the baby and forgotten the man? Is his message as important as whether or not the shopping season had the hoped for effect on the economy? In the midst of the past frenetic

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December 26

Reflection Christmas is not a day, it’s a season. The calendar of commerce exalts the preparation for Christmas then recognizes no time for letting Christmas develop naturally afterward. This creates a real psychic rupture that is felt not just in our individual lives but in our social world. To observe even a part of the real Christmas season—that is after

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December 25

Christmas Day Reflection Christmas is a day of hope as well as joy. We do not celebrate Jesus’ birthday remembering something that happened long ago. We celebrate the stupendous fact of the Incarnation. “This is a profound faith statement by which we hold that the Holy One, the source of everything that is, emerged most fully in Jesus of Nazareth. 

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December 24

Christmas Eve Reflection Christmas Eve is a time of anticipation. There is a special aura about it. Children feel the excitement of Santa and Christmas morning. Adults each hold their own store of memories. As the Christmas story is heard sung in carols it mellows our hearts. We have spent Advent in the darkest time of the year and we

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