Author page: Clara Santoro

January 16

Freedom of Religion Day Reflection  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” First Amendment of the US Constitution  On January 16, 1786 the Virginia State Assembly adopted the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1777. As a result, the Church of England in Virginia was disestablished and…

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JANUARY 15

JANUARY 15

Reflection As we reflect on time and the passage of time, we realize that we seldom stop long enough to be grateful for life and all that has brought us to the experience of now. Most of us live holding to the past or looking to the future with little time being focused on the now. Yet, this moment of…

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January 14

Reflection It is our responsibility to live in a way that makes a difference – a way that is not bland and unimaginative but one that sees the fullness of life’s meaning and colors the lives of others with new hope. It is about this world, and about our life and witness in this world. It is about politics, about…

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January 13

Reflection Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. Mathew 3:13 If we could find a historically certain incident in which Jesus made a choice between two or more alternatives, we should have a very important clue to the direction of his thinking. This we have at the beginning of all the gospels: Jesus…

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January 12

Reflection Whichever way we turn, O God, there is your face in the light of the moon and the patterns of stars in scarred mountain rifts and ancient groves in mighty seas and creatures of the deep Whichever way we turn, O God, there is your face in the light of eyes we love in the salt of tears we…

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January 11

National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness Reflection Human Trafficking is one of the major injustices of our time. It is a form of modern-day slavery by which traffickers profit from the control and exploitation of others. Human Trafficking is not a distant evil. It happens right here in the United States in communities across our nation and within our own…

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January 10

 Reflection  In a culture like ours where we celebrate individualism, we who are used to being independent and self-sufficient need to realize that we are also interdependent.  We need people who can broaden our vision of ways in which we can reach out to people in our community and be agents of healing in our world. We need those who…

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January 9

Reflection In the new year, together we walk with God with willingness to help those in need and to take actions that will lead to justice and peace. Joyce Rupp If we take time to reflect on situations around us, we may realize that we have been ignoring injustices that demand our attention. Justice is a central imperative in Judaism,…

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January 8

Reflection From our earliest conscious existence, we humans have always been drawn to God. Christians have found God through Jesus.  Over the centuries, we have given God many forms and many names. In the 21st century we no longer think of an up or down world with an aged patriarch God who keeps tabs on us. God is the Holy…

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