Month: May 2021

May 13

By Clara Santoro | May 13, 2021 | Comments Off on May 13

Feast of the Ascension Reflection Why are you standing here looking up into the heavens? Acts 1:11 This question could easily be addressed to us.  For those who claim to follow Jesus, belief should be visible in lifestyle and action. In prayer and reflection the eyes of faith see the hope and scope of Christ’s power. Yet, his directive was, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to…

May 12

By Clara Santoro | May 12, 2021 | Comments Off on May 12

Reflection Hope is a human act of commitment to and investment in the future. Hope is an act of human courage that refuses to cherish the present too much or be reduced to despair by present circumstance. Hope is the capacity to relinquish the present for the sake of what is imagined to be a reachable future…Hope in the end is a contradiction of the dominant version of reality…it is…

May 11

By Clara Santoro | May 11, 2021 | Comments Off on May 11

Reflection In our culture, achievement and productivity are valued as the benchmarks of success. If the answer to the question, “What do you do?” cannot be summed up in a job title or a listing of accomplishments, you are left feeling somehow hollow or having been dismissed as insignificant. Yet one can be just as negligent or distracted or untransformed in the busyness of work as in mundane pursuits or…

May 10

By Clara Santoro | May 9, 2021 | Comments Off on May 10

Reflection Christianity is about new life.  It is about the fulfillment of God’s promise and hope for new creation and, as far as we know, we are the one species on the planet who can respond to God’s grace in freedom.  Resurrection is not an event that might happen in some remote future, but it is the power of the New Being to create life out of death, here and…

May 9

By Clara Santoro | May 9, 2021 | Comments Off on May 9

Mother’s Day  Reflection Motherhood is the giving of oneself in order to bring forth, nurture and sustain the life of another. There is an unconditional quality to the love of a true mother. Motherhood challenges one to love, to teach her children without domination, to be a harbor of safety and unceasing welcome. A mother’s love continues to surround her adult children but also enables her to set them free.…

May 8

By Clara Santoro | May 8, 2021 | Comments Off on May 8

Reflection “Christianity began as a revolutionary nonviolent movement promoting a new kind of aliveness on the margins of society…It exposed a system based on domination, privilege, and violence and proclaimed in its place a vision of mutual service, mutual responsibility, and peaceable neighborliness…It was a peace movement, a love movement, a joy movement, a justice movement, an integrity movement, an aliveness movement*.” We can look at so many self-proclaimed Christians…

May 7

By Clara Santoro | May 7, 2021 | Comments Off on May 7

Reflection All of us are caught up in complex situations. We each have multiple responsibilities and minimal disposable time. Yet this is where we have  to live our spiritually  aware lives. Not when things get better. Not when the frenzy tapers off or ceases altogether. Not when we retire. Now. In the middle of whatever is happening, we are to acknowledge the paradoxical presence of Holy Mystery. Chaos is the…

May 6

By Clara Santoro | May 6, 2021 | Comments Off on May 6

Reflection  Faith in the broader sense is not any specific religious belief but rather an awareness that Incomprehensible Mystery is present in our lives. It is an attunement to the sacred and an openness to the possibilities of a relationship with the Holy One. The challenge to faith is not so much disbelief as indifference or resistance to God’s movement within us. Scripture calls it having a “hard heart”. It…

May 5

By Clara Santoro | May 5, 2021 | Comments Off on May 5

Reflection At this historic time, we are immersed in all the advantages and perils of our world.  We live in the tension of the now, the tension of being where we are and of still being who we are. We are normal people of our own century within the culture of a particular nation. Our beliefs as consumers, citizens, parents, and church members matter. The challenge is to be in…

May 4

By Clara Santoro | May 4, 2021 | Comments Off on May 4

Reflection We are hopefully looking toward the easing of restrictions as this pandemic is slowly coming under control in our area. What will we have learned when this time of common danger is behind us? Will the memory of the many acts of courage and kindness that have brought us together, of the people on whom we really depend for the needs of our society endure, or will we forget…