Author page: Clara Santoro

March 2

Reflection Words come to life within a person. Who we are speaks louder than what we say. We cannot hide our character under our words for very long. It is easy to bluster against evil actions or to speak in pious language but eventually our listeners see through us. We cannot hide behind safe words. We are called not only…

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March 1

Reflection We have the standard from Christ, “By this shall all know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”. That love is shown outwardly by our civility and courtesy to each other. Civility acknowledges the value of another person.  It is a way of living showing thoughtfulness, consideration, and respect for others. If the public…

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February 28

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 In mythic tradition, the mountain is the place where earth touches sky. Its summit enters the sphere of eternity and its base is in the mortal world. At the mountain top, the divine reveals itself…

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February 27

Reflection Patience enables one to endure difficulty, provocation, or annoyance calmly. It gives others their own space and time .Patience is about waiting, tolerating, and forgiving. Patient people are not easily provoked. “Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.” Anger is sometimes justified but it is never an excuse for cruelty. Practice can…

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February 26

Reflection The goal of forgiveness is reconciliation.  Forgiveness can neutralize bitterness. A bitter attitude poisons us from within. It robs us of peace and wellbeing and turns life sour. Forgiveness removes resentment and anger and replaces them with compassion for the weaknesses of others. It is based in a healthy understanding of our own failures as well as our perceived…

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February 25

Reflection During Lent it might be well to reflect on sustainability. Sustainability means trying to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. More and more we are realizing that spiritual emptiness can’t be filled by a culture of consumption. What really makes us happy is relationship with others and with…

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February 24

Reflection Having compassion lifts us out of our own small world and broadens our vision. We are enabled to see beyond ourselves to the injustice and oppression afflicting others. When we are concerned only for ourselves, self-absorption and self-involvement detach us from reality. We become engrossed only with our own desires and our own self-interests. Compassion is an inner sensitivity…

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February 22

Reflection Sometimes it is necessary to reflect on whether we live our religion but we are ignoring the gospel. We need to look at whether we are strong in observances while we buy into the stereotypes and prejudicial attitudes afloat toward the poor, the alien, and those different from ourselves. If we listen to ourselves as we speak, do we…

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