Monthly Archives: December 2020

December 13

Third Sunday of Advent Reflection Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks. 1Thess 5:16 In the midst of the problems of our own times, we hold onto the promise of Advent. At this midpoint we pause to rejoice. We read the words of Isaiah and believe that God can work in our times bringing unity and peace

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December 12

 Reflection The phrase ‘Prepare the way of the Lord’ is central to Advent: The way of the Lord’ is the path of return to God. To follow this way leads us out of our any alienation and estrangement we may have to reconnection.  In Advent, we continue to prepare the way of the Lord; we continue to hear a voice

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December 11

Reflection Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing.  There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt as they cried out from their bitter oppression.  It is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice and yet still have hope

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December 10

Remembrance of Thomas Merton Reflection After an undisciplined youth, Thomas Merton converted to Roman Catholicism while attending Columbia University, and on December 10th, 1941 he entered the Abbey of Gethsemane, a community of Trappist monks of an ascetic Roman Catholic order. The twenty-seven years he spent in Gethsemane brought about profound changes in him. He became contemplative and his ongoing

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December 9

Reflection As we move through Advent we remember that Christmas is not only a celebration of the birth of Jesus, it is also the expectation that each of us will bring his presence into our world. Our nation this advent is in a sorry state.  Not only are we enmeshed in a pandemic that is systematically killing our people, but

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December 8

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Reflection Remembering Mary as a friend of God and prophet in the communion of saints, a woman who is truly sister to our strivings, allows the power of her life to play in the religious consciousness of the church, encouraging ever-deeper relationship with the living God in whom our spirits rejoice, and allying us with

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December 7

Reflection Advent calls us to be open to a new way of thinking, a new way of living. These words of Pope Francis can be fundamental to our reflection on this call. If we are to come out of this crisis less selfish than when we went in, we have to let ourselves be touched by others’ pain. This is

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December 6

Second Sunday of Advent Reflection John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Mark 1:1-8 Repentance is not only personal. It calls us beyond ourselves and our circumscribed world. It promises that a willingness to change opens the way to new life. Repentance is an inner urging to return to societal

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December 5

Reflection Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Nicholas which lightens our spirits with the stories of his generosity. There are many myths about St. Nicholas and his reputation for secret gift giving. The most well-known is the one of Nicholas secretly providing money for three young women because their father was too poor to provide them a dowry. The bags

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Sisters of St. Joseph Support Vaccination Plan for Black, Brown and Asian communities

  The Sisters of St. Joseph signed on to a letter in support of Governor Cuomo’s raising of concerns about the fairness and effectiveness of the current federal vaccination program. The letter raises concern about the failure of the federal vaccination program to provide the states with adequate funding to undertake effective vaccination plans for the Black, Brown, Asian and

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