Daily Prayer

July 15

Reflection What is it that a grown up Christianity has to freely offer the world? There is so much treasure in our household that we could generously distribute. We hold within our Scriptures an awareness of earth’s sacredness that could more deeply serve today’s environmental movements. We have inherited from Jesus a vision of nonviolence that could profoundly redirect our…

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July 14

 Reflection Living in a time that can cause us to lose heart we need to be creative. We need to let go of the comfortable and step out into the possible. Yet, creativity requires courage. It means taking what is ordinary and presenting it from a different perspective and in a new arrangement, transforming it into a new thing, reshaping…

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July 13

 Reflection The most telling measure of the meaning of kindness in life is memories of unkindness… moments of scorn or rejection that leave a person feeling marginalized in the human community. In those moments of isolation we remember the impact of the fracturing of hope. We feel again the pain that comes with the assault on that sliver of dignity…

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July 12

Reflection All traditions have the story of a call. It may come from within or without but it beckons one to set out on a journey. Whether it is an actual movement to another place or an inner movement to a personal transformation, there is the metaphor of a journey which requires a response. The answer given requires faith and…

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July 11

Reflection Summer provides the contemplative eye with its own insights. It provides revelation in all colors. Summer has its own special sounds, Its fresh aromas, its own special tastes. In nature there is abundance, a variety and lush productivity. Summer is a season that believes in the miracle of growth and knows that abundant life is possible.  It is a…

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July 10

Reflection One does not find God without looking. A seeker is intuitive but also active in the search. Seekers become aware and then ask for a depth of understanding. Prayer is the language of seekers. The consistent knocking of prayer opens the door of the God who is unconditional love. A deepening relationship with Holy Mystery is the ultimate response.…

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July 9

Reflection The spiritual life requires that we think enough of ourselves to believe we can serve others without putting ourselves above them. It’s sometimes a tricky balance to maintain. Oftentimes, we are our own worst enemies. We commit acts of sabotage by doubting our own competence. We close off avenues that could lead to personal growth. We put ourselves down.…

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July 8

  Reflection The people of Nazareth heard the message Jesus was preaching and rejected it because they thought they knew everything there was to know about him. He had grown up among them, they knew his family. To them, Jesus was just another boy from Nazareth. He did not deserve any special respect. They called him “the carpenter ”. They thought…

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July 7

Reflection  Those who rise early to seek God will find blessing. Ecclesiasticus 32:14 There is a contemplative feeling to the early morning which is conducive to prayer. Usually, the sun is just rising, it is quiet and there is an opportunity for solitude. The only sounds are the stirrings of new beginnings. Morning brings a sense of freshness and gratitude…

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July 6

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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