Monthly Archives: February 2021

Febr iary 18

Reflection Lent is a unique time calling us to remember, gently encouraging us to let go, to simplify the complex in our lives, to refocus. In remembering that we are of the earth and will return to the earth, we place ourselves in solidarity with those who are hungry, thirsty, naked and imprisoned, homeless and dying. In letting go of

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February 17

  Ash Wednesday  Reflection Rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to your God. Joel 2:1 Lent is a call to authenticity. This journey of renewal requires a rejection of what is unjust and selfish in our personal and communal lives. Token religious symbols of penance are really not true interior change.  Spiritual renewal and societal change demand

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February 16

Mardi Gras Reflection Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) has a long history of overindulgence and revelry prior to the forty day fast of Lent. It is also known as Shrove Tuesday, derived from shrive, the confession of sins as a preparation for Lent, a usual practice in Europe in the Middle Ages. As the final day before the austerity of the Lenten fast,

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February 15

Reflection Today our country is commemorating President’s Day. At this time, we long for leaders who set the common good above their party divisions and personal ambitions and who set an example for others. We need leaders with wisdom and strength to unite the members of government in a common purpose. We need those who can consider the problems of

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February 14

Valentine Day Reflection In contemplating the nature of love, we find it hard to pin down to any one definition. Love is all-encompassing, ever flowing. Love knows no walls, it permeates everything and is visible in everything to those with eyes to see. The nature of God is love, and the nature of all God’s creation is love. Our own

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February 13

Reflection To follow Jesus means to be moved as he was by injustice, to see through the ignorance and selfishness that have brought us to this moment, and to do all we can to work with those who are trying to bring us all to a new consciousness. This is a personal journey but not an isolated one. We are called

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February 12

Reflection As persons, we have an internal unity.  Who we are and what we believe infuses what we do. We cannot really separate our visible choices or words from what we say our faith beliefs are. To profess to be Christian means our lives reflect the teachings of Jesus. We can’t profess to embrace them and support priorities that are

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February 11

World Day of the Sick Reflection Jesus was known as a healer. His compassion reached to everyone. People flocked to him when they heard he was near looking for the same solace and relief that we seek. We have all known the physical and mental suffering of sickness either personally or in someone we love. This past year especially, when

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February 10

Reflection In every age God is revealed in new ways. God inspires us to connect new insights and knowledge with a spirituality for our time. In this millennium when past paradigms are no longer adequate for the realities of today, we are offered a new understanding.  The God of our Universe Story enables us to see that we can reach

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February 9

Reflection This is a serious moment in our national history. We must be careful not to trivialize it. To act as if it is not important, to act as if it does not impinge on our lives is not to realize the issues. This is not about one person or one political viewpoint as opposed to another. It is about

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