Monthly Archives: January 2020

January 31

Reflection The first month of this year is over. Since the new year we have seen devastating fires, fierce storms, floods, record snowfalls, and the effects of warming oceans. The planet is issuing warnings and still those who have the power of change are not listening. “For those who care about God’s creation, the present time is one of crisis,…

Read more

January 30

Reflection What is everyday spirituality?  We were taught that spirituality was the part of religion that focused on the “inner life.” It was something that you did in a special place or time, usually a quiet room at home or on retreat. However, we discovered that many religious traditions encouraged people to engage in a search for the sacred as…

Read more

January 29

Reflection In this troubled and troubling world we are continually forced to choose sides or else risk indifference or complicity by virtue of inaction. But taking sides also perpetuates a society of winners and losers, of “us vs. them.” How can one seek peace and inclusivity and at the same time work for justice when working for justice means choosing…

Read more

January 28

Reflection Mental laziness is one cause of the misguided opinions that people form without any attempt to base them in fact. It accepts everything that is promoted socially or politically without having the curiosity to critique it for truth. To follow what one is convinced is true requires a critical, open, and informed mind and a willingness to take time…

Read more

January 26

Reflection He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him Matthew 4:12 -23 For the Apostles this was a powerful moment. They heard the invitation. They recognized it. They went. It changed their lives forever. The gospel doesn’t tell us that they had a discernment…

Read more

January 25

Reflection Blessing means to lay the hand upon the shoulder and say, “Despite everything you belong to God.” That is how we deal with the world that inflicts so much suffering upon us. We don’t give up, reject or despise it; we call it to love; we give it hope, we lay our hand upon it and receive God’s blessing…

Read more

January 24

Reflection True hope is rooted in a Reality beyond ego and illusion. Hope that rises in our hearts is like a buoyant bubble of champagne; for some, it brings tears of relief, while others, may sense a new way to the future that will bring healing to us — personally, communally, nationally, globally — to all of Creation. Hope recognizes…

Read more

January 23

Reflection The world aches with a heart-wrenching longing for hope, for healing, for belonging, for a life-sustaining future. The most pressing moral and spiritual question of the age is—what is our relationship to the earth and how do we set it right again. What is it that needs to be done? If what we have learned from culture and its…

Read more