Monthly Archives: October 2020

October 13

Reflection It is the peculiar darkness of the state of things now that the comforting habits of human society are forbidden to us. Being mindful to keep our hands and homes clean, standing at a distance, bowing, waving from windows–these are the gestures of love, care, and communion left to us in the current era. In the grimy morass of

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October 12

Reflection To bring about a world of unity, a planetary community, we must begin to imagine it, speak it, and believe it into existence. To end war, we must begin to say war is obsolete and it is time to ban in it, just as we banned slavery, child labor, witch burning. To protect the planet or the poor, we

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October 11

International Day of the Girl Reflection Since 2012, October 11 has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. . The theme for 2020 is My Voice, Our Equal Future. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. Progress for adolescent girls has not kept pace with the realities they

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October 10

Reflection The awareness of God’s presence involves stillness. To be still is to seek a serenity, a calm, a tranquility of being separated from commotion or agitation.  Often it can happen when we are attuned to nature. How often we are caught into stillness by a sunset, a beautiful moonlit night, or a walk among trees. We become aware of

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October 9

Reflection When we consider yesterday’s answers more important than today’s questions, we fail both the past and the future. In the first place, the past was for its own time; in the second place, it is meant to prepare us to face the future. Never refuse to ask a question however unwelcome the question may be. In the end, it

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October 8

Reflection The biblical vision of the peaceable kingdom is far from our thoughts except perhaps on Christmas cards where a lion is depicted sitting next to a lamb. What does that image mean to us? There is a vast transformation of consciousness necessary if we are to translate our words and symbols into action. The money spent on weapons could

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October 7

Reflection The element of water is often associated with the direction of the west and the season of autumn. The west is the place of the setting sun, the ending of the day, and the transition into a time of darkness. Autumn is a season of letting go of what no longer serves us in preparation for the fallow time

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October 6

Reflection From floods, to plagues, to personal misfortune, people in biblical times attributed their suffering to the punishment of God for their misbehavior. These events were seen as God calling them to acknowledge their sin, repent and change their ways. Our increased understanding of the physical world does not allow us to blame a vengeful God for natural disasters. Yet,

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October 5

Reflection Without using the technical language of modern science, we can say that our consciousness extends beyond space and time and we can connect with one another and the entire universe in powerful and healing ways far beyond what we have believed. “At the deepest level of consciousness division disappears. All is One.”(Bede Griffiths, OSB).  Love for God and our

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October 4

Reflection Today, on the feast of St. Francis, we conclude the Season of Creation for this year. During the past month. We have reflected on the wonder of creation and our responsibility to Earth and all its living beings. As we end this period of awareness and reflection, let us interiorize these words of Pope Francis. Today we hear the

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