Year: 2020

December 11

By Clara Santoro | December 11, 2020 | Comments Off on 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 of deliverance.  The anticipation of the coming of the Messiah…

December 10

By Clara Santoro | December 10, 2020 | Comments Off on 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 spiritual conversion impelled him into the political arena where he…

December 9

By Clara Santoro | December 9, 2020 | Comments Off on 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 we are also struggling with a pandemic of spiritual proportions.…

December 8

By Clara Santoro | December 8, 2020 | Comments Off on 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 God’s redemptive designs for the hungry, the lowly, and all…

December 7

By Clara Santoro | December 7, 2020 | Comments Off on 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 a moment to dream big, to rethink our priorities —…

December 6

By Clara Santoro | December 6, 2020 | Comments Off on 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 balance and order and leave behind the chaos of a…

December 5

By Clara Santoro | December 5, 2020 | Comments Off on 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 of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to…

December 4

By Clara Santoro | December 4, 2020 | Comments Off on December 4

Reflection Advent prayer is filled with prophetic voices calling us to new life. One of the themes of Advent is to awaken, to open our eyes and to see what surrounds us. There can be a new vision, a message of hope, of love, of unity and a renewed relationship with one another in God. In this stressful time we need to be awake to hear it.  It is a…

December 3

By Clara Santoro | December 3, 2020 | Comments Off on December 3

Reflection Advent is about patience. Advent is about waiting. Waiting goes against our expectation of an instant response. It is not popular especially now. We don’t like to wait for anything even in our spiritual lives. Christmas will come. We will celebrate the birth of Jesus. But, first there must be the weeks of Advent to calm us, focus us, and remind us that the contemplative life does not come…

December 2

By Clara Santoro | December 2, 2020 | Comments Off on December 2

Reflection Today we mark the 40th anniversary of three religious sisters and one laywoman who were brutally murdered on December 2, 1980 for their ministry and dedication to those living in poverty. They were killed by the U.S.-supported Salvadoran military  They were considered subversives because they were accompanying refugee families who were victims to the violence and oppression that eventually led to civil war. These American women were accused of…