Daily Prayer

July 31

Reflection As we weave the tapestries of our lives, we gradually begin to see our designs from a wider angle of years. No design–not in the living world–is carved in stone. We can change our designs as we wish. We are each a thread in the tapestry of our human family. Our outcome is woven of endless possibilities, because we…

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July 30

Reflection It may be said that we are the product of our lifelong connections, a hub of connectivity in the network that is our life.  We mediate and facilitate and communicate on many levels. We are conduits of energy for building up and tearing down and making all things new. Forming bonds and building bridges are our gifts to the…

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July 29

Reflection Anyone can love peace, but Jesus doesn’t say, “Blessed are the peacelovers.” He says “peacemakers.” He is referring to a life vocation, not a hobby on the sidelines of life. And he means a vocation that includes risk. Too often, the advocates of pacifism today are more noted for the things they won’t do than for the things they…

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July 28

Reflection There is no such thing as a secret disciple of Jesus. 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 of love, nonviolence, and witnessing to the values of the gospel may…

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July 27

Reflection That all may be one. John 17:21 Words can be used as tools to divide us, but, In reality we all exist in relationship. Everything in the world is interconnected and is all part of the one entity, the Universe. Yet, we use words that divide and separate. We use words that generate distrust and fear. Our words are…

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July 26

Reflection Far too many people in today’s world seem intent on defining what they believe everyone must have faith in as if they alone had captured The Truth. If God is truly holy, then taking off our shoes and bending in awe might be a better response than looking from side to side to take inventory of who’s there and…

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July 25

   Reflection Where can we buy enough food for them to eat? John 6:1-15 This miracle of the scriptures is a miracle of sharing – a miracle of distribution – a miracle of justice for the whole community of hungry people. After his death, the early Christians remembered Jesus in their meals of bread and fish and the sign of…

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July 24

Reflection We need to remember that we have the power to raise our voices on behalf of those without voice, those held powerless, those whose lives cannot express their desire for better lives. We need to remember that this includes non-human animals as well. We need to remember all this before we can support a courageous action or be able…

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July 23

Reflection The metaphor of the child is extensively used in conventional spirituality. Phrases like “childlike trust,” “loyalty,” “obedience,” “under authority” all denote a sense of dependency that is not congruent with adult maturity. The tendency to structure religion in patriarchal-type institutions, with a strong focus on those who govern from on high, breeds co-dependency rather than mutual interdependence. Such metaphors…

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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…

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