Author page: Clara Santoro

July 31

Reflection When you are interiorly free you call others to freedom, whether you know it or not. Freedom attracts wherever it appears. A free man or a free woman creates a space where others feel safe and want to dwell. Our world is so full of conditions, demands, requirements, and obligations that we often wonder what is expected of us.…

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July 30

Reflection The goal of a disciple is to become like the teacher. To be Christ’s disciple, then, is to strive to be like him.  A true disciple of Jesus is one who lives the Gospel message in a way that is visible. It also means being willing by enfleshing of Christ’s teachings, to accept the ridicule and intolerance that lives…

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JULY 29

 Reflection For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. John 13:15 Jesus gave us the example of his life and vision. This is a guide for how we should act within the circumstances of the 21st century, a distinctive way of relationship rather than a static command. We are to…

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July 28

Reflection  And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:1-13 In intercessory prayer we bring our concerns, hopes, fears, and joys to…

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July 27

Reflection Faith in Jesus is not about notional assent to a set of doctrines and rules. It is primarily about a relationship in which the incarnational body of God in our world grows and flourishes into that fullness of life, a new “reign” in which all are invited as active agents.  It is not for those sittiing on the fence…

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July 26

Reflection An ecological asceticism works to restore right relations between humankind and otherkind. Rather than the medieval construct of the hierarchy of being…ecological asceticism reconfigures that pyramid into a circle of life with human beings thoroughly interwoven with all other creatures, special in virtue of being conscious and free but utterly interdependent on others for their life. The prophetic response…

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July 25

Reflection Justice is an aspect of compassion. Justice, if you like, is the public face of compassion.  You cannot have religion without justice.  You can’t retreat into private meditation.  You have to be concerned with society. The real question of all religions in the 21st century is not doctrinal. The real question is can we bring healing to our world?  If religions fail…

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July 24

Reflection Being rude is easy. It does not take any effort and is a sign of weakness and insecurity. Kindness shows great self-discipline and strong self-esteem. Being kind is not always easy when dealing with rude people. Kindness is a sign of a person who has done a great deal of personal work and has come to a great self-understanding…

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July 23

Reflection Alone is a state of being. Not loneliness, but aloneness. It is something sought rather than avoided. You can find it in just a moment, a breath: in Central Park, or early morning on the street, sitting on a stoop, or leaning against the window of a bus or subway car, alone in a throng of commuters.. The breaths…

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July 22

Feast of Mary Magdalene Reflection “…the contributions of this woman to the ministry of Jesus, her fidelity during his crucifixion, and her leadership as first apostolic witness to the resurrection place her in a pivotal role at the foundation of ekklesia.  Yet, centuries of patriarchal construal in literature, art and preaching have depicted Magdalene as a repentant sinner, most likely…

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