Month: November 2021

November 12

By Clara Santoro | November 12, 2021 | Comments Off on November 12

Reflection Listening is sometimes confused with hearing; yet, they are so different. We are always hearing, many times unconsciously. While we can’t listen without hearing, we can hear without listening. The difference is paying attention. Listening is the art of being present to another person so you fully understand what they are saying and feeling.  Listening shows another they are important, that you care what they are trying to communicate.…

November 11

By Clara Santoro | November 11, 2021 | Comments Off on November 11

Veterans Day Reflection As we think of all those men and women who gave their lives in service of this country, we remember them with gratitude for their courage and strength. We also remember those who mourn them.  There are many who have returned home with bodies and spirits scarred by war. We are grateful to them for their service, but, we are saddened by their sufferings. Today, we take…

November 10

By Clara Santoro | November 10, 2021 | Comments Off on November 10

Reflection What we do or fail to do now is shaping our world as well as ourselves. It is an awesome responsibility which we lose sight of in the routine of our lives. If we stop and measure our lives against this yardstick we cannot allow ourselves to lose heart. This is our time we will have no other. We are the only ones living in this period of earth’s…

November 9

By Clara Santoro | November 9, 2021 | Comments Off on November 9

Reflection Separation is an illusion. Both religion and science confirm this truth; the experiences of the mystics, the teachings of ecology and physics, all the possible ways we can connect on the internet confirm this. The spiritual, emotional, and mental aspects of our beings interpenetrate and nourish each other. Everything is related to everything else. To accept this enables us to engage in a holistic vision of life and see…

November 8

By Clara Santoro | November 8, 2021 | Comments Off on November 8

Reflection How can we achieve the wisdom that should be reflected in our living? Wisdom is not merely knowing how to live, but how to live together – how to live as people who claim to accept the values expressed in the gospel of Jesus. Wisdom is to see and believe in the Divine Presence as revealed in all creation.  It is the wisdom that opens us to justice, love,…

November 7

By Clara Santoro | November 7, 2021 | Comments Off on November 7

Reflection Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. Mark 12:41-44   Jesus praises the utter self-abandonment of a nameless woman. She is a woman whom we would label as a victim. In her society, she is a vulnerable widow who is trapped in the economic and social injustices of her world. But, in giving her all, she exposes…

November 6

By Clara Santoro | November 6, 2021 | Comments Off on November 6

Reflection Being intentional in seeking a deepening relationship with the God revealed by Jesus is the goal of the Christian life. Realizing that God is the Source from whom all things have come, we begin to understand our connection with all others. Love and the desire to relate to all others in love become stronger than the fears and aversions that shape our attitudes and actions. We are not expected…

November 5

By Clara Santoro | November 5, 2021 | Comments Off on November 5

  Reflection Once in a while we pause and reflect on our lives. Who we were born evolved from an amazing interaction of hereditary threads. Who we are presently has evolved from a seamless circle of experiences. All our experiences, all the people with whom we related, all our successes and failures have shaped us into the person who is now present. All of them move with us into the…

November 4

By Clara Santoro | November 4, 2021 | Comments Off on November 4

Reflection One of the most important qualities of character in mature individuals is honesty. Honesty is in touch with reality and promotes trust. By being truthful and proving it by our actions we show respect for what’s right and uphold integrity. Truth is the foundation of all fair and just relationships. It is empowering for us and others and supports community. In any group, whether small or large, lying and…

November 3

By Clara Santoro | November 3, 2021 | Comments Off on November 3

Reflection Our culture has co-opted many of our spiritual intentions into patterns of personal well-being, selling us images of spiritual life that are about self-fulfillment rather than selfless service or loving kindness towards others. Real spiritual practice is never for ourself alone, but always for the whole, always for the sake of the Divine.  And if we limit our practice within the horizon of our own separate self, we deny…