Month: June 2021

June 30

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

Reflection Stillness is not part of ordinary life in our society. We are always doing, going, rushing or talking. Cell phones are our constant connection with life outside of ourselves. We are not used to quiet or time for our own thinking, Yet, stillness is part of the awareness of the presence of the Sacred which we call prayer. It involves no commotion or agitation. Rather, to be still is…

June 29

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Reflection Who do you say that I am ? Matthew 16:13-19 It is a compelling question. We all ask it. You say that you love me but do you really know who I am?  It goes to the heart of relationship; it goes to the heart of our understanding of ourselves; it goes to the heart of how we lead our lives; to the heart of the relationships we have…

June 28

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 Reflection Love, once given, is not something that is ours to recall or to revoke; it remains what it always has been- a gift of God. Love is something that brings us into relationship with each other. It bonds us and binds us together. Love is our single true and ever-lasting communion in the One from whom life has come.  It is the one common link that every human has…

June 27

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Reflection If I can just touch his clothes, I shall be saved. Mark 5: 25-28   Sickness is the Great Interrupter of life. It enters without knocking, thwarting all plans, mocking the idea of certainty, and diminishing hope for the future. It intrudes like a burglar into our home, touching every part of life. In this story a woman in pain wants relief. She is typical of countless cases of…

June 26

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Reflection What is a merciful heart? It is a heart on fire for the whole of creation, for humanity, for the birds, for the animals, and for all that exists.  By the strong and vehement mercy that grips such a person’s heart, and by such great compassion, the heart is humbled and one cannot bear to hear or to see any injury, slight or sorrow in any in creation.  For…

June 25

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Reflection Every Gospel story is an invitation to conversion. Christianity should have a humanizing influence upon those who claim to espouse its teachings and follow Jesus. The way we treat people is a good measure of the depth of our commitment. Jesus treated others with respect. He valued them as individuals and cared for them as persons.  Nowhere is it recorded that Jesus tried to control, manipulate or exclude others…

June 24

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Reflection A religious imaginary is how we imagine or envision God, humanity and planetary life. To change the religious imaginary is to change the way we tell the story about religion, including its beliefs and practices. The new science, with evolution and quantum physics as the primary pillars, has evoked a new religious consciousness of interrelatedness, a new sense of wholeness, and a new understanding of life in evolution… In…

Sister Dorothy Ann Delaney, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | June 23, 2021 | Comments Off on Sister Dorothy Ann Delaney, CSJ

We celebrate the life of our sister Dorothy Ann Delaney, CSJ, a faithful women who lived a loving and joyful life, 71 of her years as a Sister of St. Joseph.   Through the love of Edward and Rita Delaney, Dorothy was the second born of four children. She is preceded by her brothers Edward and Robert and her sister Rita. The last of a generation Dorothy surely left those…

June 23

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Reflection Recreation is the act of stretching the soul. When we stop the race to nowhere, when we get off the carousel of productivity long enough to finally recognize that it is going in a circle, we reclaim a piece of our own humanity. We must ask ourselves whether what we are doing with our lives and the way we are doing it is really worth the expenditure of a…

June 22

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Summer Solstice Reflection Yesterday was the beginning of summer in our hemisphere. Earth is becoming its ripest and most lush.  We are in a time of deeper connection with the four basic elements: fire, water, air and earth. The fire of the sun reaches across 93 million miles to touch our skin, warm the soil, bless the growth of plants and ripen their fruit. Water joins with sunlight and earth…