Author page: Clara Santoro

August 8

Reflection Our society has become numbed for lack of truth.  Our media is filled with words that bend the facts and  a daily parade of political figures who “misspeak.”. Transparent motives and false apologies abound and erode any possibility of trust.  In one of his reflections, Thomas Merton describes a person who is centered in God as a clear window…

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August 7

Reflection I am here to live out the meaning of God not to argue about what God means. Don’t make me laugh With that pompous talk about true religions. Get up on your feet and do something. Show me what it looks like to be a believer. Jan Phillips. Prayer May I walk in spirit and truth. Action There is…

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August 6

Anniversary of Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima Reflection Let all the souls here rest in peace, for we shall not repeat the evil. Words inscribed on a stone marker at the site of the blast More people on the earth were born after the tragic moment in 1945 than were alive at the time of the atomic blast. Yet those who…

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August 5

Reflection When we identify with something larger than ourselves, that becomes part of who we are.  There is so much more to us than just a separate self; our connected self is based on recognizing that we are part of many larger circles. The distinction made between selfishness and altruism is misleading.  It is based on a split between helping…

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August 4

Reflection You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong? Luke 12:13-21   The attitude that things are of primary importance leads to greed, and greed inevitably corrupts whatever it touches. Greed is “wanting more than what you already have enough of.” Unfortunately, greed is a powerful…

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2020 Census: Everyone Counts 

2020 Census: Everyone Counts  The JPIC Office kicked off its first Census Awareness event in Brentwood at St. Anne’s Annual parish festival on Sunday, July 28, 2019.  The Sisters partnered with the Bay Shore Women’s Huddle to provide information to the attendees about the importance of the 2020 Census for their community and how federal funds are allocated for roads,…

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World Wide Organization of Organic Farmers (WWOOF) Volunteers On Campus

World Wide Organization of Organic Farmers (WWOOF) Volunteers We currently have six WHOOF volunteers on campus. WWOOF is worldwide effort to link volunteers with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices.The“WWOOFers” spend about half of each day helping out on a farm, learn about organic farming and sustainable agriculture, and receive…

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August 3

Reflection We are not born hating or despising people different from ourselves.  Children don’t do this; it is learned behavior. People who speak ill of others because of their ethnicity may not know anyone of that group personally. Those who hate gay people may not have a gay person in the family or work with a gay colleague We can…

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August 2

Reflection Can we live a consistent life ethic? How to find a true way of living is not always clear under the layers of misinformation and pressure we meet in daily life. It is not easy to hold firm when we are faced with difficult choices. On what do we base our relationships, our work ethic, our belief systems, our…

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August 1

Reflection Vision opens our minds to the many possibilities of the future. It connects with our passions and urges us toward our greatest potential. Without vision, we lack drive and life becomes just an order of events. We need an inner vision that gives purpose and zest to our lives. Even though each part of the road we will follow…

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