Month: June 2022

June 30

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Reflection Because we have so much – food, shelter, clothing, “extras” we think of it as the norm. Yet, most of the people on earth do not enjoy these basic necessities or comforts. To us, our abundance feels like a given not a gift. Since we rarely lack these things, it’s hard to remember to acknowledge their presence or to remember others whose lives are a constant struggle for survival.…

June 29

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Reflection An ecological asceticism works to restore right relations between humankind and otherkind. Rather than the medieval construct of the hierarchy of being…ecological asceticism reconfigures that pyramid into a circle of life with human beings thoroughly interwoven with all other creatures, special in virtue of being conscious and free but utterly interdependent on others for theirlife. The prophetic response moves us to action on behalf of justice for the Earth.…

June 28

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Reflection To be hospitable, you need to accept pluralism as a natural condition in the world. Sometimes hospitality requires that we cross boundaries and dismantle some of the barriers erected in our society to keep “the other” out. Sometimes it means entertaining ideas that might be alien to us. Hospitality and hostility are both derived from the same word root — but they couldn’t be more different. Hospitality is about…

June 27

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He wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29 In answer to this question, Jesus told the parable of the good Samaritan. It is familiar to us all. We see the priest and the Levite move to the other side of the road and pass by the stricken man. Then comes the Samaritan, representing a person despised by the Jews. Jesus was asked to…

June 26

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Reflection  If we answer the call to discipleship where will it lead us? What decisions will it demand? Christianity is a challenge. There are certain demands that are part of being disciple of Jesus.  While some of these demands are the same for everyone some are specific for particular individuals. The challenge for each of us is to be realistic and honest about what Jesus is asking of us if we…

June 25

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The summer solstice has passed. We are officially into summer now. It’s time to think about relaxation and rest for a while. As Joan Chittister has written: We drive ourselves from one exhaustion to another. We pace our societies by the pace of our computers. We conduct the major relationships of our lives—both professional and personal—according to the speed of our communications. We measure ourselves by the amount of our…

June 24

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Feast of John the Baptist Reflection John the Baptist opened the way to Jesus. He spoke to the desire for human transformation, to the idea that a relationship with God had to be based in more than membership in a specific tribe, race or nation.  It had to be lived.  His rite of baptism symbolized this rebirth. John stood between the old dispensation and the new reign of God and…

June 23

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Reflection In the depths of the soul we are loved by God. This is the deepest secret of being human, the bond of love that is at the core of our being and belongs to all that exists. And the more we live this love, the more we give ourself to this mystery that is both human and divine, the more fully we participate in life as it really is,…

June 22

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Feast of Mary Magdalene Reflection Mary of Magdala was a strong woman leader who accompanied Jesus through a tortuous death, first witnessed to his Resurrection, and proclaimed the Risen Savior to the early church. Yet years of patriarchal preaching have depicted her as a wanton sinner forgiven by Jesus for sins of a sexual nature. In biblical usage the presence of evil spirits most often indicated that a person was…

June 21

By Clara Santoro | June 21, 2022 | Comments Off on June 21

Summer Solstice Reflection Today is the beginning of summer. In our hemisphere, earth is becoming its ripest and most lush. It is a time of deeper connection with the four basic elements: fire, water, air and earth. The fire of the sun reaches across 93 million miles to touch our skin, warm the soil, bless the growth of plants and ripen their fruit. Water joins with sunlight and earth to…