Month: May 2022

May 31

By Clara Santoro | May 31, 2022 | Comments Off on May 31

Reflection Reviewing what we do every day is a revealing reflection. What do we say we value as opposed to what we actually do?  We may realize that there are values we hold, commitments we’ve made, growth we desire, that simply are not on the list of our daily priorities.  If what we are hoping to do is to grow in personal freedom based on a increasing sense of union with…

May 30

By Clara Santoro | May 30, 2022 | Comments Off on May 30

Memorial Day Reflection On this Memorial Day as we watch parades and the laying of wreaths and greet summer with barbecues and gatherings, it is worth looking beneath the usual to why we need a day of remembrance of those who gave their lives. Those who have fallen in war are casualties not only of the arms of a foe, but also of the failure of humanity to build peace.…

May 29

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

Feast of the Ascension Reflection To ascend with Christ does not mean we are to “go up” but to “go down” into the depths of our lives, to live from a center of humility, to accept the truth of each moment gifted by the power of God’s love. To think of “what is above,” of what is heavenly, is to think out of a deeper center of consciousness, not a…

May 28

By Clara Santoro | May 28, 2022 | Comments Off on May 28

Reflection Just before he leaves his disciples, Jesus gives them one final task. His last words to his disciples–to us–are both challenging and exciting: “You are my witnesses.” That is the task before us to be true witnesses of Jesus.  Our vocation is to stand with the living Jesus, to witness on his behalf. But to be a true witness for Jesus in our times means that we may have…

May 27

By Clara Santoro | May 27, 2022 | Comments Off on May 27

Reflection We are all endowed with an inner transparency for the holy, for the mystery we call “God”. We are programed internally in the power of living spirit, always inviting us to attune more deeply to the Great Spirit who infuses the whole of creation. Whether we adopt a formal religion or not, we are innately spiritual and will remain so throughout our entire lifespan…it is the restlessness in the…

May 26

By Clara Santoro | May 26, 2022 | Comments Off on May 26

Reflection On some level we are all creators whether we want to be or not. As we live our lives, there are always people watching us, listening for clues, looking for differences, assessing our actions, our words. We constantly create environments which others enter into and feel either nourished or negated. We create waves of energy that wash over other people in our presence- waves that can lull and comfort…

May 25

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

Reflection In Laudato Si, Pope Francis asserts that a truly ecological approach is also inherently social. “When nature is viewed solely as a source of profit and gain, this has serious consequences for society. This… has engendered immense inequality, injustice and acts of violence against the majority of humanity, since resources end up in the hands of the first comer or the most powerful: the winner takes all.” Completely at…

May 24

By Clara Santoro | May 24, 2022 | Comments Off on May 24

Reflection The world envisions peace as the absence of war.  Jesus’ vision of peace is far more embracing than that. The shalom of Jesus reaches into the very nature of God’s bond with creation, with our human nature and the nature of the universe.  It is a vision of a reconciled world, a world of order where there is justice, harmony, and love. This is the shalom to which we are called.…

May 23

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

Reflection Service serves us as well as others. It strengthens us. When we serve, our work itself sustains us. Service rests on the basic premise that the nature of life is sacred, that life is sacred, that life is a holy mystery which has an unknown purpose. When we serve, we know that we belong to life and to that purpose. Fundamentally, helping, fixing, and service are ways of seeing…

May 22

By Clara Santoro | May 22, 2022 | Comments Off on May 22

Reflection Those who love me will keep my word John 14:23 Keeping his word means love in action. We might try to profess loving Jesus while dismissing his word. We might think that we can do one but not the other. Jesus’ words do not recognize that distinction. We fool nobody with our prayers or pious words. To consider oneself a follower of Jesus and then to exclude and demean…