Author page: Clara Santoro

March 20

Spring Equinox Reflection The earth is beginning to warm itself. Light and darkness are brought into balance and life is stirring. Winter may still be holding on but, there is a lightness in the air, a touch of green on the ground. Our senses need to be attuned to the emerging life that is pushing up through the earth. Each…

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March 19

Feast of St. Joseph  Reflection There are few references to Joseph in Scripture. We know he was a carpenter who earned his livelihood in practical service to his community. He is described as a just man, one who observed the law faithfully, who was upright and righteous in his relationships. And Joseph was a dreamer, a man of faith attuned…

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March 18

Reflection We need to discover why we do not experience silence. The simplest answer is that we are habituated to noise. We are addicted to novelty, sensation, to ourselves. Fuss and commotion, mental chattering, and outer stimulation occupy our minds from dawn to dusk. We deafen ourselves to the underlying silence we would otherwise clearly hear. By intentionally quieting our…

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March 17

Reflection Jesus took Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves and he was transfigured before them. Mark 9:2-10 The summit of the mountain enters the sphere of eternity and its base is in the mortal world. It is the place where earth touches sky. In spiritual traditions, the mountain top is where the…

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March 16

 Reflection  Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. There is no doubt that through the faith he was able to bring to the Irish people, Patrick has had a lasting effect on the Catholic Church in the United States. Patrick was captured by marauders and sold as a slave to an Irish chieftan named Milchu. For six years he tended his master’s…

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March 15

Reflection Today a massive, international, youth-led mobilization will demand action on the climate crisis. Tens of thousands of high-school and middle-school students in more than 30 countries plan to skip school to demand that politicians treat the global climate crisis as the emergency it is. They know that we have put their future in grave danger, and they are rising up…

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March 14

Reflection According to ancient Celtic spirituality, a “thin place” is a place where the visible world of our daily experience and the sacred intersect. It is an experience where these two levels of reality meet. The wilderness is often a metaphor for a “thin place”. There is no comfort there except for God. The story of Jesus in the desert…

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March 13

Reflection Our fate and the fate of the planet is identical.  We must shift from an entirely human centered view of our existence to the realization that the earth is a communion of subjects, a oneness of which we are all a part.  It is not a collection of objects for our use.  We must enter into a new human-earth-Divine…

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March 12

Reflection The birds know that Spring is coming. We may still see snow on the ground and feel the chill of the air, but the birds know better. Their calls are once again the music of early morning.  Every day there seem to be more all singing on different notes.  Life is stirring in earth. It is time to listen,…

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