Monthly Archives: May 2021

May 16

Reflection The disregard for facts today in the pursuit of secular and religious power, fame or wealth surrounds us and makes us skeptical and cynical. Different religious or political groups claim special insights, claims to the truth divide rather than to unite us. We need to reflect on how to be bearers of the truth that overcomes divisions and builds

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Sister Miriam Anthilia Whitwell, CSJ

We gather on this glorious morning to celebrate the life of Sister Miriam Anthilia Whitwell. 70 Years ago Lillian Whitwell, the only child of Percy and Lillian Whitwell responded  with a wholehearted YES to God’s call to become a Sister of St. Joseph.  She lived that YES with fidelity, love and service to God’s people. While teaching elementary school Anthilia

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May 15

Reflection We are too comfortable with what we have to admit to what we are losing. We see the disruptions that are occurring within our own country: violent storms, droughts, wild fires, extinction of species, polluted waters and we still continue to abuse Earth.  Some of us deny that our lack of respect for the natural world is causing climate

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May 14

Reflection I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. John 14:15-21   I will not leave you orphaned.” At some point we all want or even need to hear these words. They speak directly to some of our greatest fears and challenges; abandonment and isolation, loneliness, vulnerability. They remind us that we are not destined to walk

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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