Year: 2021

December 31

By Clara Santoro | December 31, 2021 | Comments Off on December 31

New Years Eve Reflection As we prepare to welcome the new year we are glad to see the old year go. We know more about one another and our flaws and fragility and just how vulnerable our imagined security is. We long to return to normal; yet, that would be a mistake. The opportunity for change that our shared experience this year has offered would be lost. We are different…

December 30

By Clara Santoro | December 30, 2021 | Comments Off on December 30

  Reflection Every major religion recognizes the role of the Creator in the development of life. Gods everywhere look down from the heavens of the world religions and pronounce laws or grapple with demons or pass judgment from on high. Only Christianity argues that the Creator has taken on the flesh and blood of creation in order to bring us to assert the divine in ourselves…In the Christmas story we…

December 29

By Clara Santoro | December 29, 2021 | Comments Off on December 29

Reflection Christ shines into the world through us when we carry his spirit within. When we live his vision of love and harmony, when we are moved with compassion for those who suffer, when we lend our efforts to building relationships of justice and peace, when we try to heal divisions and acrimony, then we enflesh his words and allow this world to know Emmanuel…God with us. Prayer God of…

December 28

By Clara Santoro | December 28, 2021 | Comments Off on December 28

  Feast of the Holy Innocents Reflection Today is the traditional Feast of the Holy Innocents, those children who according to the Gospel story were killed at the order of King Herod in order to protect his own power and domination. This abuse continues in our own time. We see children victimized by those in power. They die from war and terrorism. They suffer and die from disease, malnutrition, and trafficking…

December 27

By Clara Santoro | December 27, 2021 | Comments Off on December 27

Reflection The gospel story of the birth of Jesus, and circumstances in which we encounter this reality provide us with the Jesus way to live in the midst of a world terribly divided by political, economic, and nationalistic tensions.  What if each of us sought to bring love and light, warmth and peace, to the situations of our lives much like the Christ Child breaking into the reality of the…

December 26

By Clara Santoro | December 26, 2021 | Comments Off on December 26

Reflection As we reflect on the experience of this Christmas, we realize our commonality in this moment of planetary distress. We are one family sharing our small planet as we spin through space. This is the human family of which we all are a part. This is our home and these are our brothers and sisters. Our personal freedom is lived not in isolation but within the human family. We…

December 25

By Clara Santoro | December 25, 2021 | Comments Off on December 25

Christmas Day Reflection Christmas is a day of hope as well as joy. We do not celebrate Jesus’ birthday remembering something that happened long ago. We celebrate the stupendous fact of the Incarnation. “We can read the history of our universe as the rising up of Divine Love incarnate, which bursts forth in the person of Jesus, who reveals love’s urge toward wholeness through reconciliation, mercy, peace, and forgiveness. Jesus…

December 24

By Clara Santoro | December 24, 2021 | Comments Off on December 24

Christmas Eve Reflection Christmas Eve is a time of anticipation. Each of us holds a store of memories that sustain us. We feel a sense of hope and the promise of good news. For us this Advent has been a dark time, and the darkness in our nation lies heavy on our hearts. We are besieged by a seemingly endless pandemic, our nation is mired in antagonism and deceit. Even…

December 23

By Clara Santoro | December 23, 2021 | Comments Off on December 23

Reflection              O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come set us free, Lord our God. Emmanuel means God is with us. For the ancient Israelites that presence would be in a savior who would come and set them free from oppression. For us, we are reminded that through Jesus we are shown what the gift of that presence means. It is good news…

December 22

By Clara Santoro | December 22, 2021 | Comments Off on December 22

Reflection   O Ruler of all nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come save the creature you fashioned from the dust.   The metaphor in this antiphon positions Jesus as the keystone of the arch of humanity. We know now that we are all related in our origins from that primal matter which fashioned our planet. Yet, we are also…