Month: February 2020

February 29

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Reflection Lent reminds us to search out where our real commitment lies, to continue pushing up against the horizons of our awareness. It is a time for looking beneath the surface. Lent calls us to put our preconceived notions of the truth and our prepackaged ideas of the good aside. It asks us to be disciplined enough to let go of our outmoded values and let the Spirit renew us.…

February 28

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Reflection Lent is a unique time calling us to remember, gently encouraging us to let go, to simplify the complex in our lives, to refocus. In remembering that we are of the earth and will return to the earth, we place ourselves in solidarity with those who are hungry, thirsty, naked and imprisoned, homeless and dying. In letting go of that which dominates, we free ourselves from the demanding images…

Sister Mary Benedict Holt, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | February 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Sister Mary Benedict Holt, CSJ

“I have lived my life as a Sister of St. Joseph since 1948 and have always been supremely grateful to God for the Gift of my vocation. My service has always been given freely and fully, as a means of thanking God for that gift.” Thee are the words of Sister Mary Benedict Holt, a Sister of St. Joseph for seventy one years. Benedict, named Joan Helen’ was born to…

February 27

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Reflection More and more people are realizing that spiritual emptiness can’t be filled by the culture of consumption. Acquiring more “stuff” has a direct effect on the sustainability of the planet and on the quality of life for people around the globe but doesn’t necessarily bring satisfaction. What really makes us happy is relationship with others, and with God. During Lent it might be well to reflect on sustainability. Sustainability…

February 26

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Ash Wednesday Rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to your God. Joel 2:1 Reflection This is a call to authenticity. Token religious symbols of penance are not real interior change.  The inward journey of renewal requires a rejection of what is unjust and selfish in our personal and communal lives.  Spiritual renewal and societal change demand a heart rending choice to leave our comfortable complacency and strip…

February 25

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Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday Reflection Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) has a long history of overindulgence and revelry prior to the forty day fast of Lent. It is also known as Shrove Tuesday, derived from shrive the confession of sins as a preparation for Lent, a usual practice in Europe in the Middle Ages. As the final day before the austerity of the Lenten fast, Shrove Tuesday also has many customs pertaining…

February 24

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Reflection The story of Eden has made us believe that animals are for our use. The new story of the Universe teaches us that animals are our relatives sharing our origins and our lives. The difference is that they have retained their innocence and their integrity. They teach us what it means to be whole. The suffering we have inflicted on so many of them to provide for the needs…

Sister Eleanor Ann McDonnell, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | February 23, 2020 | Comments Off on Sister Eleanor Ann McDonnell, CSJ

 The relationship that exists between sisters is unlike any other. The best thing about having a sister is that you always have a friend. Today we come together to celebrate the life of a sister, aunt, cousin, friend, Eleanor Ann McDonnell, Aunt Dolly, a Sister of St. Joseph for over seventy years. Eleanor’s bond with her sister and friend, Joan, revealed Eleanor’s warmth, love and respect for all.  We welcome…

February 23

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Reflection Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of God in heaven. Matthew 5:44 Jesus proclaimed a radical message about God’s love for all of us. He offered a radical invitation to love one another without condition – to love those who are different from ourselves. In a world with so many examples of hatred, violence, war, and unnecessary death, Jesus appeared…

February 22

By Clara Santoro | February 22, 2020 | Comments Off on February 22

Reflection The conviction that environmental renewal and sustainability depend on spiritual awareness and an attitude of responsibility forms a spiritual ecology. “Spiritual ecology means reawakening our awareness of what is sacred in all of creation, and knowing that only if we work together with the divine in all of its manifestations can we hope to redeem what we have desecrated and destroyed through our greed and arrogance. It means to…