Monthly Archives: September 2019

September 17

Feast of Hildegarde of Bingen Reflection The fact that she was a woman living in the twelfth century was no serious hindrance to Hildegard von Bingen. She was a German Benedictine abbess, composer, healer and author, and one of the first female composers whose works are still intact. In an era where few women were allowed or able to read…

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September 15

Reflection Depending on its usage, the word prodigal can have two meanings. It can signify being recklessly wasteful, profligate and imprudent or it can denote providing lavishly, giving with generosity and sharing abundantly. In the parable we see this juxtaposition in the relationship between the father and son. The key to their union is repentance received in love. It is…

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September 14

Reflection  Often, without any critical analysis, misinformation is accepted as truth and closed mindedness resists informed dialogue. Bias and violence seem to be replacing any attempt at resolving differences through civil exchange of viewpoints and ideas. Ridicule is substituted for listening to differences. This is not only seen in the political and national sphere but also from people who flaunt…

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September 13

Reflection Spirituality is for the hatching of the heart. Whatever helps to open our hearts to the reality of the sacred is what we should be engaged in. This awareness leads to an image of the Christian life very different from the one with which I grew up. The Christian life is not about pleasing God the finger-shaker and judge.…

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Letter to Parish Leaders

September 14, 2019 Dear Parish Leader, Many blessings on your time at the DRVC Catechetical Congress. May your day be inspiring, engaging and full of God’s grace. The congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph is partnering with community organizations throughout Long Island for 2020 Census awareness, education, and participation. The results of the 2020 Census will greatly affect many…

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Recommit to Racial Justice Kick-off Event

Kick-off Event “Recommit to Racial Justice” Program Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph Brentwood, N.Y.  Sunday, September 29, 2019 – 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Educational content, reflection, small group discussion and suggested action: What it Means to Recommit to Racial Justice; Establishing Shared Agreements and Preparing Ourselves and Our Hearts. This event will feature Colleen Ross, the Communications…

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September 11

  Reflection On this anniversary of that terrible day, we remember how we were united in shock and pain. There were no divisions then. We did not ask what race, what religion, what political party, or what country of origin of the dead. We did not withhold our compassion from their husbands, wives, partners or children. Americans had been attacked;…

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