Month: November 2021

November 20

By Clara Santoro | November 20, 2021 | Comments Off on November 20

Reflection Those who live justly recognize what belongs to whom and work to ensure that they receive it. If we take time to reflect on situations around us, the actions of our national leaders, the prejudices we take as norms, we may realize that we have been ignoring injustices that demand our attention. Justice impels us to recognize the equality and dignity of all and to deal fairly with them.…

November 19

By Clara Santoro | November 19, 2021 | Comments Off on November 19

Reflection There comes a time when criticism of the past is simply not enough. There comes a new moment in life when we must dedicate ourselves to creating the future. And that is hard, hard work. At that moment we discover the difference between rabble-rousers and leaders, between critics and prophets, between malcontents and the committed. Finding the openness of heart to imagine the possibility of a full gospel, a…

November 18

By Clara Santoro | November 18, 2021 | Comments Off on November 18

Reflection Nature abhors uniformity. Nature produces individuals. Nature not only produces species diversity but also individual diversity. No two days are the same, no two snowflakes, no two flowers, trees, or any other of the infinite life forms. To wantonly destroy a living species is to silence forever a divine voice. In the universe to be is to be different. The mystery that lies behind the void must have an…

November 17

By Clara Santoro | November 17, 2021 | Comments Off on November 17

Reflection There’s something about us that is drawn to an infinity. There is something about us that longs for absoluteness and we’re constantly, as Karl Rahner would say, in this winter of faith because the deepest horizons of our desires cannot be fulfilled. Why do we need to know God today? Because we are restless and we are longing and we need to rediscover God in our own age. We…

November 16

By Clara Santoro | November 16, 2021 | Comments Off on November 16

UN International Day for Tolerance Reflection The International Day of Tolerance was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1996. It has since been celebrated annually on November 16 by those who strive to unite the world through mutual understanding and respect. Tolerance is not passive it works toward recognizing that our diversity is a strength. It is the recognition and acceptance of appearances, opinions, beliefs and practices that…

Sister Juliette Marie Houser, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | November 15, 2021 | Comments Off on Sister Juliette Marie Houser, CSJ

We gather to celebrate the grace-filled life of Sister Juliette Marie Houser, formerly Sister Peter Claver, a Sister of St. Joseph for 64 years. Born to Edward and Dorothy Houser, Julie grew up in St. Margaret’s Parish in Middle Village where a vibrant spirit of community and family life nurtured Julie’s sense of compassionate service and outreach to the needy Julie proudly attended The Mary Louis Academy where the lived…

November 15

By Clara Santoro | November 15, 2021 | Comments Off on November 15

Reflection Hospitality is a spiritual practice and discipline that builds community life and a call to carry on the ministry of Jesus. It is intended to provide relief, care, and protection to the stranger who shows up in need at our door. Hospitality is meant to be available, to be experienced, to be practiced, to be learned, and to be shared out, in gratitude and compassion.It acknowledges and dignifies the presence…

November 14

By Clara Santoro | November 14, 2021 | Comments Off on November 14

Reflection “But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.” Psalm 16:11 True wisdom is a moral quality, not necessarily a measure of intelligence. In the Bible, “wisdom” is used to translate the Hebrew word of the Old Testament meaning to be wise in thought and deed, and the Greek word of the…

November 13

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

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Reflection St. Frances Cabrini is the patron saint of immigrants. Pope Leo XIII suggested to her that she go to the United States to help the Italian immigrants, mostly in great poverty, who were pouting into the country. An immigrant herself, she embodied the strength of the immigrant women she served. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, a religious institute that was a…

Sister Kathleen Theresa Sullivan, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | November 12, 2021 | Comments Off on Sister Kathleen Theresa Sullivan, CSJ

As we gather to celebrate the life and goodness of Sister Kathleen Theresa Sullivan, formerly Sister Daniel Marie, a Sister of St. Joseph for 79 grace filled years, she would want me to say “Céad míle fáilte”, “a hundred thousand welcomes”, in Gaelic ~ her treasured ancestral language ~ and “Todo bienvenidos”, Welcome all in Spanish, a language she held dear. The presence today of so many family members gives…