Monthly Archives: June 2020

June 30

Reflection Freedom isn’t doing whatever you want. There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just.* Justice is all about strong, positive relationships between individual people and communities. Choices that show love for others — especially those who are most vulnerable — are instances of real freedom. On the other hand, choices rooted in a desire…

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June 29

Reflection We have become skilled at avoiding practically all interaction with those with whom we disagree…we have the ingredients for a culture polarized by the perception that we are good and virtuous, while they are inhuman and evil. The law professor John A. Powell…calls this “othering” and has shown that it leads to hatred and discrimination. But on the odd…

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June 28

Reflection   Whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward. Matthew 10:37-42 The significant acts in life happen when we help where we can. They happen in the daily interactions with others where we show compassion. They are in the…

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June 27

Reflection Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement…get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed. Abraham Joshua Heschel Prayer The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the…

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June 26

Reflection The prophet does more than denounce evil. Instead, prophetic spirituality envisions a world in which  justice and equality, peace and community are the norm rather than the struggle. It is the prophet of our time who leads the way to the development of an alternative vision of life by imagining a new normal. Today’s prophets prepare for the reconstruction…

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June 25

Reflection A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a…

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June 24

Feast of John the Baptist Reflection John the Baptist opened the way to Jesus. He spoke to the desire for human transformation, to the idea that a relationship with God had to be based in more than membership in a specific tribe, race or nation.  It had to be lived.  His rite of baptism symbolized this rebirth. John stood between…

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June 23

Reflection Sometimes we hesitate to follow our instinct for truth. Fear of where it might lead raises walls of caution. It requires courage to be able question the known and comfortable. New questions can lead to new ways of thinking, and new perceptions can lead to new conclusions. This is a challenge to comfortable beliefs. It can shake our foundations…

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June 22

Reflection Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:26-33 We often underestimate our worth but we do matter. We do not have to live with fear. Our worth is not compared to that of another person or based in accomplishments but is in the heart of the Creator. Even the smallest creature matters. It follows then…

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June 21

Summer Solstice Reflection Today is the beginning of summer. In our hemisphere, earth is becoming its ripest and most lush. It is a time of deeper connection with the four basic elements: fire, water, air and earth. The fire of the sun reaches across 93 million miles to touch our skin, warm the soil, bless the growth of plants and…

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