Monthly Archives: January 2019

January 31

Reflection The first month of this year has passed.  Have we been distracted from our desire for new beginnings? How have our lives unfolded? Where has this precious time gone?  Have our days been caught in the turmoil around us?  What happened to the hopes we had on New Years Day? How will we live out the days ahead? It…

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January 30

Reflection We and all living things are truly marvels! Reflect on the wonder of life. The gift of life is our deepest blessing To live being fully oneself, to live with integrity, to live in daily wonder at the sheer magnificence of this universe, to live in reverence for other living beings and to act with love and compassion is…

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January 29

Reflection The Christian life is not about doing what we have to do in order to be saved. It is about living in relationship. Believing that God is the Holy Mystery from whom all things have come, we realize our connection with all others. We do not have an emotional love for all our “neighbors”, but we have a deep…

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January 28

Reflection Contemplation is about very basic, very real things. It is about seeing God in everyone, finding God everywhere, and responding to all of life as a message from God. Contemplation is not a road show about visions. It is not an exalted state of being. It is simply consciousness of the Ultimate in the immediate. Contemplatives do not seek…

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January 27

Reflection Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. Luke 4:14 -21 The gospel story tells us that Jesus returned to Nazareth and went to the synagogue and read these words from Isaiah: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad…

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January 26

Reflection Our instilled belief that earth was created for the human species and given to us as masters for its use and abuse has been exploded by both science and theology. We now are reclaiming the understanding that the earth is sacred and we are all part of one creation. Everything that exists is a reflection of the loving creative…

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VOLUNTEERING AT THE BORDER

Three St. Joseph’s College alumni — one of whom is a Sister of St. Joseph — are volunteering for two weeks in El Paso, Texas, at the Annunciation House, helping immigrants and refugees at the United States/Mexico border. Karen Burke, C.S.J., Ed.D, arrived in El Paso with her niece Kaleigh Burke and nephew Andrew Samide on Tuesday, Jan. 22 —…

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January 25

Reflection To have occasional feelings of isolation is part of our human experience. Sometimes things that seem so clear and self-evident to us are viewed with skepticism or even rejection by others. It causes us to wonder if we walk on the same planet and a sense of frustration or separation can absorb us. This is when withdrawal is not…

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January 24

Reflection Sometimes in our zeal and desire to do what is right we slip into an attitude of self-righteousness. Unfortunately, self-righteousness makes us confident of our own conduct, but moralistic and intolerant of the opinions and behavior of others. It makes us incapable of taking the time to consider the reasons for the actions of others before we condemn them unilaterally.…

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January 23

Reflection Kindness is not a quid pro quo endeavor. It gives freely without expecting anything in return. Kindness enhances generosity and balances and counters selfishness. It applies not just to relationships with other people but extends to things, animals, plants, and Earth. This means being generous with one’s presence, time, and money. Few of us would describe ourselves as unkind,…

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