Yearly Archives: 2022

July 1

Reflection Steeped in our traditional belief system, we forget that the ancient writers of scripture interpreted their experience of God and creation from a patriarchal world view that still believed the earth was flat. The narratives they wrote were based on an understanding of the world as they knew it then. The bible was never intended to be used as

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June 30

Reflection Because we have so much – food, shelter, clothing, “extras” we think of it as the norm. Yet, most of the people on earth do not enjoy these basic necessities or comforts. To us, our abundance feels like a given not a gift. Since we rarely lack these things, it’s hard to remember to acknowledge their presence or to

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June 29

Reflection An ecological asceticism works to restore right relations between humankind and otherkind. Rather than the medieval construct of the hierarchy of being…ecological asceticism reconfigures that pyramid into a circle of life with human beings thoroughly interwoven with all other creatures, special in virtue of being conscious and free but utterly interdependent on others for their life. The prophetic response

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June 28

  Reflection To be hospitable, you need to accept pluralism as a natural condition in the world. Sometimes hospitality requires that we cross boundaries and dismantle some of the barriers erected in our society to keep “the other” out. Sometimes it means entertaining ideas that might be alien to us. Hospitality and hostility are both derived from the same word

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June 27

Reflection He wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29   In answer to this question, Jesus told the parable of the good Samaritan. It is familiar to us all. We see the priest and the Levite move to the other side of the road and pass by the stricken man. Then comes the

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June 26

Reflection  If we answer the call to discipleship where will it lead us? What decisions will it demand? Christianity is a challenge. There are certain demands that are part of being disciple of Jesus.  While some of these demands are the same for everyone some are specific for particular individuals. The challenge for each of us is to be realistic and

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June 25

  Reflection The summer solstice has passed. We are officially into summer now. It’s time to think about relaxation and rest for a while. As Joan Chittister has written: We drive ourselves from one exhaustion to another. We pace our societies by the pace of our computers. We conduct the major relationships of our lives—both professional and personal—according to the

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June 24

Feast of John the Baptist Reflection John the Baptist opened the way to Jesus. He spoke to the desire for human transformation, to the idea that a relationship with God had to be based in more than membership in a specific tribe, race or nation.  It had to be lived.  His rite of baptism symbolized this rebirth. John stood between

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June 23

Reflection In the depths of the soul, we are loved by God. This is the deepest secret of being human, the bond of love that is at the core of our being and belongs to all that exists. And the more we live this love, the more we give ourself to this mystery that is both human and divine, the

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