Month: July 2020

July 31

By Clara Santoro | July 31, 2020 | Comments Off on July 31

Reflection We all view events through a particular perspective. The lens we use is the context within which we have lived our lives. It has been constructed by family, education, social conditioning, religious beliefs, and myriads of other factors. Like all lenses, it can become cloudy or unfocused.  Unless we cultivate open minds and incorporate new information, our set focus may cause us to miss dangerous societal signs and warnings,…

July 30

By Clara Santoro | July 30, 2020 | Comments Off on July 30

Reflection Far too many people in today’s world seem intent on defining what they believe everyone must have faith in as if they alone had captured The Truth. If God is truly holy, then taking off our shoes and bending in awe might be a better response than looking from side to side to take inventory of who’s there and who’s not. I find it hard enough to have faith…

July 29

By Clara Santoro | July 29, 2020 | Comments Off on July 29

 Reflection Jesus gave us the example of his life and vision. This is a guide for how we should act within the circumstances of the 21st century, a distinctive way of relationship rather than a static command. We are to be people of our own times applying the spiritual insights we learn from the life of Jesus to our own living. To ignore the information gained in more than 2000…

July 28

By Clara Santoro | July 28, 2020 | Comments Off on July 28

Reflection That all may be one. John 17:21 Words can be used as tools to divide reality, but, In reality we exist in relationship. Everything in the world is interconnected and is all part of the one entity, the Universe. Yet, we use words that divide and separate. We act as if one species of humans is better than another. We believe we are Christians, yet we condone actions that…

Sister Claire Veronica Kobe, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | July 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Sister Claire Veronica Kobe, CSJ

We celebrate the life of a compassionate, gentle and sincere Sister of St. Joseph, Claire Veronica Kolbe. Claire was born in Queens to Elizabeth and Rudolf and grew up in St. Pascal Babylon’s parish. After attending the Juniorate, Claire entered the congregation which she loved and faithfully served for seventy-four years. It is no strange coincidence that we celebrate Claire’s life on the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola. As Ignatius…

July 27

By Clara Santoro | July 26, 2020 | Comments Off on July 27

 Reflection Faith in Jesus is not about notional assent to a set of doctrines and rules. It is primarily about a relationship in which the incarnational body of God in our world grows and flourishes into that fullness of life, a new “reign” in which all are invited as active agents.  It is not for those sitting on the fence waiting…It is a vision embracing the far flung horizons of…

July 26

By Clara Santoro | July 26, 2020 | Comments Off on July 26

Reflection The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it. Matthew 13:44-46 Recognizing his find to be of inestimable worth, the  merchant sacrificed whatever was necessary to make it his own. There is a cost involved in obtaining the pearl. We can’t have it for nothing; it will…

July 25

By Clara Santoro | July 25, 2020 | Comments Off on July 25

Reflection What if the question is not why am I so infrequently the person I really want to be, but why do I so infrequently want to be the person I am? How would this change what you think you have to learn? What if becoming who and what we truly are happens not through striving and trying but by recognizing and receiving the people and places and practices that…

July 24

By Clara Santoro | July 24, 2020 | Comments Off on July 24

Reflection The spiritual life requires that we think enough of ourselves to believe we can serve others without putting ourselves above them. It’s sometimes a tricky balance to maintain. Oftentimes, we are our own worst enemies. We commit acts of sabotage by doubting our own competence. We close off avenues that could lead to personal growth. We put ourselves down. Aiming for perfection, we are not satisfied with anything we…

July 23

By Clara Santoro | July 23, 2020 | Comments Off on July 23

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. It is not about believing now or being good now…