Daily Prayer

November 14

Reflection If we live our religious lives only in fear of punishment or in hope of reward, rather than in the awareness off the One because of whom all life is worthwhile, we can be religious people but we will never be holy people. Then life is simply a series of test and trials and scores, not the moment by…

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November 13

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Reflection St. Frances Cabrini is the patron saint of immigrants. An immigrant herself, she embodied the strength of the immigrant women she served. Pope Leo XIII had suggested to her that she go to the United States to help the Italian immigrants who were pouting into the country, mostly in great poverty. She founded the Missionary…

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November 12

Reflection Today’s holiday marks yesterday’s Veterans Day.  Veterans Day is a day for serious reflection and deep gratitude. As we think of all those men and women who gave their lives in service of this country, we remember them with gratitude for their courage and strength. We also remember those who mourn them.  There are many who have returned home…

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November 11

Reflection Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. Mark 12:41-44 In this event, Jesus focuses on the utter self-abandonment of a nameless woman. She is a woman whom we would label as a victim. In her society, she is vulnerable. As a widow, she is a victim of…

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November 10

Reflection Separation is an illusion. Both religion and science confirm this truth; the experiences of the mystics, the teachings of ecology and physics, all the possible ways we can connect on the internet confirm this. The spiritual, emotional, and mental aspects of our beings interpenetrate and nourish each other. Everything is related to everything else. To accept this enables us…

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November 9

Reflection The universe is an expression of love and everything in the universe is a means to love. Simone Weil The longing for love that is in each of us exists in the very nature of the universe. It is the movement of all creation toward union and relationship. If we could realize that what is such a deep need…

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November 8

Reflection  There is something within us that is drawn to the Incomprehensible Mystery we call God. We turn to this God in moments of sadness and joy believing that we are loved and will never be rejected. We praise God in the wonder of the natural world, in the love we experience, and in our desire for inner peace. At…

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November 7

Reflection Life requires courage. Whenever we confront a difficult, frightening, painful or disturbing experience in which we are challenged or pushed to the limit, when we feel threatened and vulnerable, we either find the courage to face and defeat fear or face being defeated by it. When our first instinctive reaction is to flee, courage is the strength or resolve…

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November 6

Election Day Reflection This election cycle has been particularly intense—from public interactions between the candidates and their party officials, to the mutual attacks by voters on each other that can be found all over social media. The stories that have resonated most with me have been those about people who aren’t planning on voting. This is a cause I care…

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