Year: 2022

December 2

By Clara Santoro | December 2, 2022 | Comments Off on December 2

Reflection I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.Psalm 23;1-3 Today we mark the anniversary of three religious sisters and one laywoman who were brutally murdered by the U.S.-supported Salvadoran military on December 2, 1980 be cause of their ministry and dedication to those living in poverty. They were considered subversives because they were accompanying refugee families who were victims to the violence…

December 1

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Reflection We are continually waiting. We want to become, to discover, to be complete, to be fulfilled. We see this in the distance as something that is coming. We look to the birth of Jesus as God becoming present among us. Yet, the truth is that God, the Source of All, is present now. God’s presence shouts to us from all creation, from within those we love, from all we…

November 30

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Reflection Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.Isaiah 40:1 As people of this earth we are far from the union we all share within the Source of Life.  Division and conflict are constant among us. They are present in all that touches us, physical needs, spiritual confusion, political division, wars, and natural disasters. Because of us, even the innocent creatures and the earth itself are suffering. Yet, the…

November 29

By Clara Santoro | November 29, 2022 | Comments Off on November 29

Reflection Advent is not a static time.  It is a time when we deepen our commitment to the meaning of Jesus’ life and words. We are not waiting for someone to come. We know he was already born and that he taught a new vision of living, a new way of understanding what it means to relate to God and to one another. The work of Advent is to probe…

November 28

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Reflection Hope is ”a passion for the possible”. It is the underlying theme of Advent. The Advent readings reflect a belief in the fulfillment of our expectations. We read the ancient longing:”Come, O Come, Emmanuel!” If we want to make our lives as a people of hope meaningful, then we are called to extend ourselves to others in compassion and healing believing that change and transformation are possible. Our embrace…

November 27

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First Sunday of Advent Reflection Each day is growing shorter as we are experiencing the darkest days of the year. Once the earth begins its journey back toward the sun, and, even as we face the barren, cold days of winter, little by little, the days become brighter. Advent engages us in this mystery of waiting, the balance of the visible and invisible, the tangible and intangible, dormancy and life.…

November 26

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Reflection We may feel powerless in the face of the large and small hostilities lacerating our planet, but we are not. Peace, both individual and global, begins with us. When we embrace a spiritual path that brings tranquility to our hearts and minds, we are taking the first step toward bringing peace to the world. Inner calmness will create gentle speech and moral actions, and we will replace self-absorption and…

November 25

By Clara Santoro | November 25, 2022 | Comments Off on November 25

Reflection Jesus who never took university courses in communication has influenced the world more than anyone else who ever lived. He communicated in such a way that his manner and actions sent signals that touched people. People were amazed at his power and insights. ”No man has ever spoken like this man!”  Relationships are built on communication. In our own relationships we communicate far more information non-verbally than in words. Our…

November 24

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Thanksgiving Day Reflection “Gratitude is the memory of the heart”. It is the awareness that having come into this world with nothing, we have received everything. It is having eyes open to see the love of the family into which we were born and of the friends we have made. Gratitude enables us to live in wonder at the world revealed by our senses, the amazing capacity of our minds,…

November 23

By Clara Santoro | November 23, 2022 | Comments Off on November 23

Reflection The insistence on always having what I want, on always being satisfied, on always being fulfilled, makes love impossible.  To love we must grow to the maturity of giving without concern for getting anything special in return.  Love becomes the luminous presence of God when we relinquish the need to control our lives and the lives of others.Ilia Delio Prayer May I learn the true meaning of selfless love.…