Author page: Clara Santoro

October 8

Reflection Gratitude doesn’t take things for granted or feel entitled. Instead it fills us with appreciation, acceptance, and satisfaction for whatever we receive. In our relationships, it is never unresponsive to a gift or a gesture of generosity or love. Rather it is an attitude of mind and a way of life which connects us to the gift of  every…

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October 7

 Reflection Just to be is a blessing; just to live is holy. Abraham Heschel  The gift of life is the deepest blessing. We are through the unconditional vivifying Spirit of God. We and all living things are truly marvels!  Each of us is meant to be a spark of light in this wondrous blaze of creation. To live being completely…

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October 6

 Reflection “…the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come…” The prophet Habbakuk was caught in a particular situation in his own historic time, yet his words speak to us now. We, who have been captivated by the vision of Jesus, must keep it alive…

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October 5

National Day for Dignity and Respect Reflection Today is the National Day for Dignity and Respect and marches and rallies for immigration reform are planned in over 60 cities “Since its founding, the United States has received immigrants from around the world who have found opportunity and safe haven in a new land. The labor, values, and beliefs of immigrants…

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October 4

Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi Reflection  Francis of Assisi astounded and inspired people by taking the gospel seriously.  He actually tried to live what Jesus preached and to do it with joy and without boundaries. Francis gave up every material thing he had so that he would be totally free to say. For a time he was considered to…

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October 2

International Day of Nonviolence Gandhi’s Birthday The name “Gandhi” is synonymous with peace and non-violence. He believed in nonviolent protest and became a symbol of peaceful resistance. Gandhi endured imprisonments without trial, and fasted for weeks on end to purify both his own motives and those of others in the movement of independence for India. During the civil unrest following…

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October 1

St. Therese of Lisieux Reflection Therese lived and taught a spirituality of relationship. She tried to relate to everyone and everything intently and with love. Her spirituality was a manner of doing the ordinary with extraordinary love. “What matters in life,” she wrote, “is not great deeds, but great love.” She believed that just as a child becomes involved in…

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September 29

Reflection If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead. Luke 16:31 There is a closed rigidity that lives in its own world. No matter what the factual evidence may be, a view based in one’s own perception or bias prevents openness to the surrounding reality. In…

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