Monthly Archives: March 2021

March 31

Reflection As we move into the final days of Lent, we ponder Jesus’ prophetic response to his society, his witness to truth, and his steadfast adherence to what he recognized as the essence of God’s reign on earth. He surely understood where his words and actions were leading. Yet, his prophetic life made him willing to accept death as the…

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March 30

Reflection Israel’s religious leaders had one goal: to get rid of Jesus of Nazareth. If this meant cooperating with lifelong enemies, the means were justified. The Pharisees, the Herodians and the Sadducees joined forces to discredit Jesus. His authority was questioned. “By what authority do you do these things?”  Jesus did not remain silent. He replied to their questions. As…

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March 29

Reflection One very prominent theme in Mark’s gospel is the theme of failed discipleship. The Apostles failed to accept their destiny to remain alongside Jesus. Like those early apostles, we would like to avoid these implications of discipleship. We would like the conclusion of holy week to be about the interior rather than the exterior, about the future rather than…

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March 28

Palm Sunday Reflection Hosanna is a unique word in Aramaic, found only these gospel accounts given by Matthew, Mark, and John. It is a shout of praise, but literally means “save (or help), I pray.” It is a phrase that would have been familiar to the Jews as a part of their worship practices. This cry is familiar to us now,…

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March 27

Reflection The light of truth in Jesus is a blinding one: It is not enough to regret evil, he shows us. We must do something, each of us, to denounce it, to deter it so that tomorrow’s dawn may be a brighter one for us all. If the question is, What’s the light of Lent here? The answer is a…

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March 26

 Reflection As we mature spiritually, we realize that prayer involves a wrestling with our concept of God. The comfortable God of our beginnings has been replaced by a Holy Mystery that stretches our souls. With our present insights into the nature of the universe, to say the old familiar words ”God is everywhere” has a new meaning. To say God…

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US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Corporate Statement on Racism and Misogyny Directed Toward the Asian-American and Pacific Islander Community

The US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph joins the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in condemning racism and sexism in all their harmful forms – whether the violent acts of white supremacists and misogynists or the daily acts of hate and discrimination that diminish us all.  We grieve with the citizens of Atlanta and the Asian-American and Pacific…

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March 25

Reflection “Today, science has brought all the different quarters of the globe so close together that it is impossible to isolate them one from another. Today we are faced with the preeminent fact that, if civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships—the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together and work together,…

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March 24

  Saint Oscar Romero Reflection Today is the anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero. When he became Archbishop of San Salvador on Feb. 22, 1977, he was expected to be quiet and cooperative. Instead, he was converted by the suffering of his people and united himself with them. “An outspoken champion for the people who were suffering during…

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March 23

Reflection Crisis reveals the character of a person and of a nation. The sacrifices we are willing to make for the good of all or not willing to make show who we are. The understanding and compassion we show or cannot show measure our humanity. The decisions we make indicate our values. The priorities we set are a measure of…

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