Month: April 2021

April 30

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

Reflection To live with awareness and to embrace our ability to feel is to experience life more fully. It opens us to both joy and sorrow. We cannot have one without the other. The sensitivity that enables us to love also intensifies our suffering when we endure loss. It is our capacity to feel that uncovers the meaning of our experiences. To deny it or attempt to submerge it distorts…

April 29

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

Reflection Christian life is based on the immanent power of the Spirit who groans within us; it is not only we who desire a new creation but God desires a new creation as well. God, however, cannot bring about a new world without us; hence, we who believe in the Risen Christ must see the world with new eyes and act from a new heart; we are to love our…

April 28

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

Earth month Series Love Made Visible Reflection The heart sees a pattern of unity among all things. It reaches below the surface to find love that is visible everywhere.  All living beings come from the power of Love and are expressions of love.  In our universe, all is one, all is connected.  The shelter and nourishment given by trees and plants is a love offering.  The integrity and loyalty of…

April 27

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

Reflection   We humans are relational beings. We yearn to be loved, to be part of a community—a community of family, of friends, of the workplace, of the neighborhood.  As a human species we are essentially one and a part of an interconnected seamless web of life. We want to form bonds, to be accepted, to belong. Yet, so often this basic desire is blocked. Often we find ourselves living…

April 26

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

 Reflection The vitality of God be mine this day the vitality of the God of life. The passion of Christ be mine this day the passion of the Christ of love. The wakefulness of the Spirit be mine this day the wakefulness of the Spirit of justice. Celtic Benediction Prayer May I be fully alive this day Action Today I will try to be attentive to the presence of God…

August 25

By Clara Santoro | April 25, 2021 | Comments Off on August 25

Reflection We cannot look at the good shepherd of John 10 apart from the shepherds of Jesus’ day: the scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, priests, and kings. The shepherds neglected the sheep. Instead of concerning themselves with the sheep, they were concerned about their precious law. Jots and tittles, letters and strokes, were more important than the law of love. The letter of the law was more important than the spirit of…

April 24

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

Reflection Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back into our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.…

April 23

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

Reflection As we move past Earth Day once more, let us consider that life is always longing to be made whole; all being moves toward union. Our time may be the beginning of a new era.  While some of us long to slip back into the comfort of old patterns, others are sensing that new patterns are possible.  We have been forced to make decisions between what is really necessary,…

April 22

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

Earth Day Reflection The theme of Earth day 2021 is Restore Our Earth. Restoration is based on hope.  It is the belief that things can be returned to their former healthy state. Deforestation, wildlife trade, air and water pollution, human diets, climate change and other issues have all fed into a breakdown of our natural systems. Rather than trying to use artificial methods of control or accepting adaptation to an…

April 21

By Clara Santoro | April 21, 2021 | Comments Off on April 21

Earth Month Series Farming Reflection Sometime in the 8th millennium BCE, humans realized that they could plant seeds and grow grains for food rather than searching for them and gathering them in the wild. This discovery, that the fertility of Earth’s crust could be utilized in relation with rain and sunshine to produce food, gave rise to agriculture.  Since then, farmers have worked the land, planted seeds, and grown edible…