Author page: Clara Santoro

November 25

UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women Reflection Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread human rights violations in our world today and remains largely unreported due to the stigma and shame surrounding it.  According to the United Nations, 35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual…

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November 24

Feast of Christ the King Reflection God’s kingdom is not one of power, of imposed authority or domination. It is a kingdom where the chief goal is to bring all people to fullness of life and humanity. It is the kingdom of the Beatitudes, of the great reversal of worldly values where those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and…

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November 23

Reflection In the universe to be is to be different. The mystery that lies behind the void must have an awesome imagination; it must have an amazing capacity to dream in order to come up with such an extraordinary self-manifestation. Nature abhors uniformity. Nature not only produces species diversity but also individual diversity. Nature produces individuals. No two days are…

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November 22

Remembrance of Mother St. John Fontbonne Refounder of the Sisters of St. Joseph Reflection Jeanne Marie Fontbonne (1759–1843) was born in Bas-en-Basset, Haute Loire, France.  When she was 18 year old, she entered a house of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The following year she received the religious habit. At the age of 26 she was chosen by the community to be…

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November 21

Reflection We may feel powerless in the face of the large and small hostilities lacerating our planet, but we are not. Peace, both individual and global, begins with us. When we embrace a spiritual path that brings tranquility to our hearts and minds, we are taking the first step toward bringing peace to the world. Inner calmness will create gentle…

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November 20

Reflection If we take time to reflect on situations around us, the actions of our national leaders, the prejudices we take as norms, we may realize that we have been ignoring injustices that demand our attention. Justice impels us to recognize the equality and dignity of all and to deal fairly with them.  All human interactions are encompassed by justice…

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November 19

Reflection In the daily turbulence of our national life, amid events that trouble us, we tend to forget that there is still wonder in our world, that beyond the struggles for power and transitory victories, deep within creation, there still exists wholesomeness and goodness and beauty. We need to try to put aside the noise of conflict, anger and division…

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November 18

Reflection The message of Jesus shows us that the dignity of the human race is not found in its ability to control and dominate the Earth, nor is it found in the marvels of technology. Rather, our dignity is found in our intimate loving relationships within and among ourselves and with the whole community of species. Jesus in the New…

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November 17

Reflection We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. 2 Thess3:11 We like to think of the early Christian communities as being models of the gospel message but apparently they were a mix just like us. Paul in the midst of his journeys and preaching…

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