Month: February 2022

February 18

By Clara Santoro | February 18, 2022 | Comments Off on February 18

Reflection Perhaps more and more people are realizing that spiritual emptiness can’t be filled by the culture of consumption. Acquiring more “stuff” has a direct effect on the quality of life for people around the globe and the sustainability of the planet, but it doesn’t necessarily bring satisfaction. What really makes us happy is our relationship with others, and with God. Seeing ourselves and our neighbors as a community in…

February 17

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Reflection Looking at ecology with a spiritual lens creates an understanding that environmental renewal and sustainability depend on spiritual awareness and an attitude of responsibility. “Spiritual ecology means reawakening our awareness of what is sacred in all of creation, and knowing that only if we work together with the divine in all of its manifestations can we hope to redeem what we have desecrated and destroyed through our greed and…

February 16

By Clara Santoro | February 16, 2022 | Comments Off on February 16

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…

February 15

By Clara Santoro | February 15, 2022 | Comments Off on February 15

  Reflection To accept everything that is promoted socially or politically without having the curiosity to critique it for truth or reality is mental laziness. It is one cause of the misguided opinions that people form without any attempt to base them in fact. This is one reason so much disinformation travels across social media. Good will is not an adequate substitute for ignorance. A sincere desire to follow what…

February 14

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Reflection Love cannot be adequately explained in words.  Its true meaning is not easily achievable. We all need love for a completely fulfilling life. It is the willingness to open oneself to see, appreciate and respect the true value of another, a willingness to take on the joys and sufferings of being in a caring relationship. Somehow knowing that someone cares about and understands us enriches us and makes life…

February 13

By Clara Santoro | February 13, 2022 | Comments Off on February 13

Reflection The Beatitudes form the basis of all of Jesus’ teaching to the disciples. The Hebrew word “blessing” denotes an inner state, not an outward appearance.  Being blessed means needing less, begin satisfied with the goodness of each day, and being filled with justice and compassion. “Jesus’ mission of renewal called for an inner spirituality of surrender, prayer, mercy and compassion. Jesus was not a literalist nor was he superficial. His…

February 12

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Reflection As persons, we have an internal unity.  Who we are and what we believe infuses what we do. We cannot really separate our visible choices or words from what we say our faith beliefs are. To profess to be Christian means our lives reflect the teachings of Jesus. We can’t profess to embrace them and support priorities that are clearly in opposition. We can’t accept some people and be…

February 11

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Reflection True hospitality is marked by an open response to the dignity of each person.  It is not a place, but a state of being. Hospitality refuses to allow us to become snug and secure in our small selves.  It intrudes on our schedules, makes demands on our energy, pries open our closed minds, and stretches our hearts to be bigger. Hospitality brings God in the guise of the immediate…

February 10

By Clara Santoro | February 10, 2022 | Comments Off on February 10

Reflection We have thought about God as somehow above us, with us, close to us, but distinct from us.  We express this separation in our language of heaven and earth or when we say we long to be with God or that when we die we will go to God.  This transcendent image of God does not fit with what we are beginning to know about the physical universe. If…

February 9

By Clara Santoro | February 9, 2022 | Comments Off on February 9

Reflection Tapestry weaving produces a fabric fashioned by varied colored threads. Uncolored threads, the warp, are covered by the colored threads of the weft. The backside of a tapestry appears to be nothing more than a jumble of thread—tangled, frayed, occasionally knotted, and seemingly random. It is when you turn the tapestry over that you see the art, the colors, the texture, and the pattern that can make a tapestry a…