Monthly Archives: September 2021

September 12

Reflection Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.  Mark 8: 34-35 Taking up the cross daily is a metaphor for the internal spiritual process.  The path of death involves the death of the heart centered in the finite and the birth of a heart centered on the ways of God. It

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September 11

Reflection On this anniversary of that tragic day, we remember how we were united in shock and pain. There were no divisions then. We did not ask what race, what religion, what political party, or what country of origin were the dead. We did not withhold our compassion for their husbands, wives, partners or children. Americans had been attacked; Americans

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September 10

Reflection Connection with nature lies deep within us. Instinctively we feel our union with all that is. The recognition of the sacred in all creation fills us with peace.  We understand that all originates in the same source and that all is connected. Whether or not we are members of a particular religious tradition we all find spiritual nourishment in

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September 9

Reflection The crossroads have split between our relatively short-lived modern consumer-based society and the planet that birthed our species and sustains every aspect of our existence. The choice is non-negotiable. We can die or we can change our ways. We must seek new meaning and purpose in living in balance with the Earth. It is a choice between the greed-based

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September 8

Feast of Mary’s Nativity  Reflection Miriam of Nazareth abides in the circle of disciples as our sister, a poor woman of the people to whom God has done great things; a young Spirit-filled Jewish woman finding her joy in God; a woman vulnerable to violence in a patriarchal setting; a friend of God who made her own difficult choices with

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September 7

Reflection During this Season of Creation let us take time to reflect on the basic elements of our planet. The fire energy from 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 to foster the growth of vegetation, the greenness

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September 6

Labor Day Reflection For many of us, Labor Day is celebrated with barbeques and mini vacations as the last long weekend of summer. Yet, even as we pause to celebrate, our country is struggling to overcome a health crisis because of Covid-19 and with the economic problems that have resulted. The efforts of organized labor over the years have helped

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September 5

Reflection “He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” Mk 7:31-37   Hearing and speech form our perceptions and enable us to articulate what we understand. When Jesus restored the deaf-mute person, he was restoring his ability to image and perceive. The healing liberated him as well. Now he could rejoin the community

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September 4

Reflection We are grateful for this earth, our home; For the wide sky and the blessed sun, For the salt sea and the running water, For the everlasting hills And the never-resting winds, For trees and the common grass underfoot. We thank you for our senses By which we hear the songs of birds, And see the splendor of the

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September 3

Reflection Consider trees. They send their roots into the soil and extend their branches outward. They are fixed in one place yet they reach beyond themselves. In each season they delight us with their colors, blossoms and fruits. They offer shelter to all creatures. The very process of their living gifts earth with the air we breathe. Their giving is

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