Monthly Archives: March 2020

March 23

Reflection The Christian ideal is personal goodness, but personal goodness requires that we be more than pious, more than faithful to the system, more than mere card-carrying members of the Christian community. Christianity requires that we each be so much a prophetic presence that our corner of the world becomes a better place because we are there. The call of…

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March 22

Reflection One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see. John 9:1-41 Blindness is a spiritual metaphor. How often our misery is caused because we cannot see reality and have layered it with feelings, hurts and unwillingness to accept our own responsibility. We wander around in mental darkness and cannot see through the obstacles we…

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March 21

Reflection Why are you anxious? Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Matthew 6:34 There is enough to be anxious about and to consume our whole attention.  An invisible virus is causing havoc and absorbs our thoughts. Daily bulletins and data unnerve us. The entire ordinariness of life has changed and the future seems uncertain. In…

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April 1st Is Census Day

Mark your calendar.  April 1st is Census Day.   Having every person living in the U.S. counted in the 2020 census is a goal Sisters of St. Joseph are working for.  Why?  Because we call ourselves “Sisters of the Neighborhood” and we know what an accurate census count means to everyone who lives around us. THE CENSUS COUNTS All our children…

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March 20

Spring Equinox Reflection The earth is beginning to warm itself. Light and darkness are brought into balance and life is stirring. Spring is here with its renewal of hope. Earth once again sends forth green shoots and the trees don their leaves. Spring reminds us of the possibility of transformation. Each seed that germinates, each leaf that unfurls, each nest…

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March 19

Feast of St. Joseph Reflection Joseph was not set apart; his life was steeped in daily dealings with the world around him. It was far from the idyllic existence we may sometimes imagine. Joseph was a woodworker, a neighborhood craftsman who made furniture, carved other objects, and spent time apprenticing his son in the same trade. Like many believers, Joseph…

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March 18

Reflection There is so much impatience in our daily contacts from honking horns to verbal expressions of annoyance.  Patience is the ability to control oneself in annoying or difficult situations. It is more than just gritting our teeth and hanging in there. Instead of reacting blindly, it enables us to realize we do not have to get angry just because things…

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Teachable Moments: Thoughts on the General Election – from the Office of Spirituality, the Justice Committee, and the Communications Office

9/12/20 Teachable Moments – Shared Responsibility for the World “Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently . . . a true ecological approach must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry…

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March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Reflection Patrick was born in 385 in Roman Britannia in the modern-day town of Dumbarton, Scotland. Patrick opens his autobiographical St. Patrick’s Confession with these lines: My name is Patrick. I am a sinner, a simple country person, and the least of all believers. I am looked down upon by many. My father was Calpornius. He was a deacon; his…

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March 16

Reflection The real challenge of Jesus’ teaching on loving one’s enemies is not loving some group assigned a label based on politics, sociology, or economics or loving some remote person we will never have anything to do with.  The challenge is to love the people among whom we live and work and go to school, the people with whom we…

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