Month: March 2021

March 31

By Clara Santoro | March 31, 2021 | Comments Off on 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 price of truth. If we honestly believe that, as followers…

March 30

By Clara Santoro | March 30, 2021 | Comments Off on 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 they attempted to trap him, Jesus rebuked them for their…

March 29

By Clara Santoro | March 29, 2021 | Comments Off on 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 the present, about triumph rather than suffering and about religion…

March 28

By Clara Santoro | March 28, 2021 | Comments Off on 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, in a time in which we are even more aware…

March 27

By Clara Santoro | March 27, 2021 | Comments Off on 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 simple one: The light of Lent is the beacon that…

March 26

By Clara Santoro | March 26, 2021 | Comments Off on 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 is love is an all embracing challenge. With Moses we…

March 25

By Clara Santoro | March 25, 2021 | Comments Off on 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, in the same world, at peace…The only limit to our…

March 24

By Clara Santoro | March 24, 2021 | Comments Off on 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 El Salvador’s brutal civil war, Romero, the archbishop of San…

March 23

By Clara Santoro | March 23, 2021 | Comments Off on 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 our character. We are in awe of those who risk…

Sister Cecelia Dignan, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | March 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Sister Cecelia Dignan, CSJ

Sister Cecilia Dignan, Sister Thomas Caritas, was born in Brooklyn, New York to Helen and Thomas Dignan, both natives of Ireland.  Cecilia grew up in Holy Cross Parish, but there was always a wee part of her heart that belonged in Ireland, as you might suspect when you hear the musical selections in the liturgy. Today’s Offertory Hymn, “You Are the Center of My Life” captures in song the essence…