Monthly Archives: October 2021

October 10

 Reflection Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me. Mark 10:17 – 30 The story of the “rich young man” reminds us of how difficult it can be to “sell what we have and give to the poor.”  “He had “many possessions.”  Even if we are not

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October 9

Reflection The people in our lives are among our greatest gifts. They are those who have loved us best and most unconditionally.  Sometimes they are so familiar to us that we take their love and goodness for granted. Sometimes the distractions of modern life have simply made it all too easy not to be in touch with them. Yet, they

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October 8

  Reflection The awareness of God’s presence involves stillness. To be still is to seek a serenity, a calm, a tranquility of being separated from commotion or agitation.  Often it can happen when we are attuned to nature. How often we are caught into stillness by a sunset, a beautiful moonlit night, or a walk among trees. We become aware

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October 7

Reflection When we consider yesterday’s answers more important than today’s questions, we fail both the past and the future. In the first place, the past was for its own time; in the second place, it is meant to prepare us to face the future. Never refuse to ask a question however unwelcome the question may be. In the end, it

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October 6

Reflection From floods, to plagues, to personal misfortune, people in biblical times attributed their suffering to the punishment of God for their misbehavior. These events were seen as God calling them to acknowledge their sin, repent and change their ways. Our increased understanding of the physical world does not allow us to blame a vengeful God for natural disasters. Yet,

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October 5

Reflection We are living in a critical moment of history. Will we truly awaken to the sacredness of every person regardless of gender, race, or religion? Holders of power, both religious and political, are obstructing this work and some of them are even denying the need for it. But they cannot destroy the vision of sacredness that has welled up

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Outdoor Earth Liturgy Closing the Season of Creation

The Season of Creation for 2021ended on the feast of St. Francis October 4th. It was marked on our Brentwood campus on the prior Sunday with the celebration of an outdoor earth liturgy incorporating our connection with the sacred community of Earth. Prayers of repentance were offered for our destructive abuse of Earth, and prayers of commitment were offered for

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October 4

Reflection Today, on the feast of St. Francis, we conclude the Season of Creation for this year. During the past month. We have reflected on the wonder of creation and our responsibility to Earth and all its living beings. As we end this period of awareness and reflection, let us interiorize these words of Pope Francis. Today we hear the

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Sister James Annette McAuley, CSJ

With deep gratitude to God we celebrate Sister James Annette McAuley’s fullness of life – on November 2nd she would have been 100 years old and this past August, she celebrated 81 faithful and joyous years as a Sister of St. Joseph.  On her entrance application in 1940 she described herself  “as inclined to be lively” and indeed she was.

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October 3

Reflection Jesus told them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment.”  Mark 10: 2-16 Jesus had a manner of frankness and directness. He did not waste his energies or his time with protocols he felt were distracting the people from the real message of discipleship. He made it clear that it is much easier to

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