Month: February 2022

February 8

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Reflection Jesus’ use of kingdom language leads us to imagine how human society would look if the compassionate God of scripture were in charge and everyone acted accordingly. In his vision however, God will not bring about this kingdom on earth. Jesus places the responsibility for creating God’s kingdom here on earth squarely on our shoulders. We humans have been blessed with all the abilities and resources to accomplish this…

February 7

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Reflection We have become skilled at avoiding practically all interaction with those with whom we disagree…we have the ingredients for a culture polarized by the perception that we are good and virtuous, while they are inhuman and evil. John A. Powell calls this “othering” and has shown that it leads to hatred and discrimination. But on the odd occasion that people are exposed to each other as people…othering is hard…

February 6

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Reflection Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am,” I said; “send me!” Isaiah 6:3-8 This is a conscious decision. We accept a process that will change us and change our relationships with everything. Our relationship with God is not a one-time assent. It must be followed by a concrete personal witness which may be difficult. Our…

February 5

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Reflection No one ever said living the gospel was meant to be easy. It is comfortable to avoid seeing the human persons trapped in unjust systems, suffering without personal cause, and simply trying to survive. It is easier to adopt the common refrain and begrudge them their human needs. It is easier to distrust others because are different from ourselves. It is so easy to generalize and group people when…

February 4

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Reflection In our prayer, we seek to encounter the Presence of God. We tend to think of the God who is Mystery as somewhere beyond us, a goal to be reached by our own efforts. Yet, God is always present. Our task is not to search for the God beyond but to become aware of the Mystery which sustains us, which is the unconditional gift of life and of love.…

February 3

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Reflection Among the sad photos that come across our TV screens are those of cold, abandoned animals and a plea that they be helped. It is hard to understand how having taken these innocent creatures into our homes we can then leave them uncared for whatever the reason. The story of Eden has made us believe that animals are for our use. The new story of the Universe teaches us…

February 2

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Feast of the Purification Candlemas Day Refection The Feast of the Purification, often called Candlemas, commemorates the presentation of Jesus in the temple, which, as Jewish law required, took place 40 days after his birth. The gospel tells us that Simeon and Anna, two elderly holy persons, recognized him and proclaimed him with joy. Simeon called Jesus “a light to reveal God to the nations”. Consequently, this feast was made…

Sister Mary Geraghty, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | February 1, 2022 | Comments Off on Sister Mary Geraghty, CSJ

  We celebrate the life of our beloved Sister Mary Geraghty formerly Sister Francis Martin, a Sister of St. Joseph for 74 faithful and grace-filled years.  In Mary’s own words, written at the time of her 25th Jubilee she stated: “My journey as a Sister of St. Joseph has been energizing as well as challenging.  Aware of the ‘hand of God’ in my life I am able to live each…

February 1

By Clara Santoro | February 1, 2022 | Comments Off on February 1

Reflection February is Black History Month. In a nation that has recently seen events that reveal the insidious core of prejudice still within us, it is a time for some serious reflection. This is a time set aside to remember and to celebrate the contributions of Black Americans to all aspects of our national life, and to acknowledge their central role in American history. Black History Month reminds us not…