Monthly Archives: January 2022

January 11

  Reflection Each of us is a little word of the Word of God, a mini-incarnation of divine love.  The journey inward requires surrender to this mystery in our lives and this means letting go of our control buttons.  It means dying to the untethered selves that occupy us daily; it means embracing the sufferings of our lives, from the

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January 10

 Reflection Christian holiness can no longer be considered a matter of individual and isolated acts of virtue.  It must also be seen as part of a great collaborative effort for spiritual and cultural renewal in society, to produce conditions in which all can work and enjoy the fruits of their labor in peace. Thomas Merton Prayer May I understand that

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January 9

Reflection In the narrative of his baptism by John, Jesus is in the waters of the Jordan in the midst of the people. By having himself baptized in the midst of the repentant people, Jesus manifested the meaning of his mission. He chose to be baptized by John. John was the prophetic voice calling people to repentance and a change

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January 8

Reflection In his preaching Jesus describes the community rooted in God’s reign.The Beatitudes provide a new vision of the world. Those who are truly blessed are named by Jesus; they are not the emperors, priests or the wealthy. Rather, they are the common people, those whom earthly success has largely passed by: the poor, the meek, the persecuted, and the

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January 7

Reflection This is a time for courage. In the midst of all that has been battering our psychic  peace, we need to express our fear of the unpredictable and share our feelings of insecurity. The fear and anger we see striking out is real. Often, the root of divisions is ignorance. People huddle in uniform groups and rail against others

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January 6

Reflection Today we remember the appalling sight of the US Capitol being attacked by angry hordes. January 6 of last year was the culmination of an alternate reality and false information emanating from one man’s ego, abetted by his enablers, spread by a section of the media and absorbed by a large part of our citizenry. It demonstrated the dangerous

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January 5

Reflection Unity helps us learn to respect differences and celebrate diversity. It is about realizing that when one person gains we all gain, and when one suffers, we all suffer. It is about affirming commonalities. Unity requires good judgment, flexibility and respect. We have seen division and disunity undermining attempts at achieving unity or agreement for the common good. Unity

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January 4

Reflection It is time to take a hard look at ourselves and ask if we have lowered the bar of our expectations too far. What expectation do we have in the areas of honesty and moral uprightness? Do we still value integrity? What moral principles do we expect to underpin the behavior of those we choose to lead us at

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January 3

Reflection Our space in the great history of life is limited. Do we awake each morning with gratitude for the fact that we are wonderfully, remarkably alive?  Life is such a precious gift. We have no guarantee as to how long it will last or how kindly it will treat us. It just is. We had no part in choosing

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January 2

Reflection . The new year does not undo the pains and difficulties of the year that has passed but it does generate a new sense of hope. The days and weeks to come will slowly unfold. We welcome them. It is a time for new beginnings, unexpected surprises, and the renewal of the joy of living life fully. God’s abiding

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