Monthly Archives: February 2021

February 8

Reflection In our prayer, we seek to encounter the Presence of God. We tend to think of the God who is Mystery as somewhere beyond us, a goal to be reached by our own efforts. Yet, God is with us always. Our task is not to search for the God beyond but to become aware of the Mystery which sustains

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February 7

Reflection “Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:29-39 There is a silence we choose.  We retreat into solitude so that we might be quieted enough to feel the Holy Spirit blowing through our lives and observe the effects of the Spirit all around us. We retreat in hopes

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FEBRUARY 6

Reflection Christianity is not about a set of spiritless rules but about a set of values. . For a follower of Christ, living is not in the appearance of things but in their substance. We are not expected to imitate those who exercise power over others for their own advantage or condemn others who seem not to live up to

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February 5

Reflection We gather round fires because we crave the heat and light they generate. In this moment of history much of the world has become harsh and bitter cold. We cry out  for a rekindling of the fires of love and compassion. We need to build heart hearths–havens of warmth and light where we can look across the sparks and

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February 4

Reflection Among the sad photos that come across our TV screens are those of cold, abandoned animals and a plea that they be helped. It is hard to understand how having taken these innocent creatures into our homes we can then leave them uncared for wnatever the reason. The story of Eden has made us believe that animals are for

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February 3

Reflection When you are interiorly free you call others to freedom, whether you know it or not. A free man or a free woman creates a space where others feel safe and want to dwell. Our world is so full of conditions, demands, requirements, and obligations that we often wonder what is expected of us. But when we meet a

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February 2

Feast of the Purification Candlemas Day Reflection The Feast of the Purification, often called Candlemas, commemorates the presentation of Jesus in the temple, which, as Jewish law required, took place 40 days after his birth. The gospel tells us that Simeon and Anna, two elderly holy persons, recognized him and proclaimed him with joy. Simeon called Jesus “a light to

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February 1

Reflection February is Black History Month. In a nation that has seen recent events that reveal the hidden core of prejudice still within us, it is a time to remember and to celebrate the contributions of Black Americans to all aspects of our national life, and to acknowledge the central role of African-Americans in American history. Black History Month reminds

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