Daily Prayer

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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November 16

UN International Day for Tolerance Reflection Tolerance is not passive.  Tolerance means recognizing that our diversity is a strength – a wellspring of creativity and renewal for all societies. It demands an active choice to reach out on the basis of mutual understanding and respect, especially where disagreement exists. Tolerance can, and must, be learned.  We need to teach girls…

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November 15

Reflection Christianity is a religion of ‘wholemaking’, the dynamism of gathering persons into communal wholes; it is a religion of wholeness in relation to other religions of wholeness as well. Ilia Delio This concept seems to escape us if we wrap Christianity around ourselves and dismiss other paths to seeking God. It is a viewpoint that forgets that religion is…

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November 14

Reflection Jesus expressed symbolically what he saw and how he understood the tender mercy and creative and all-embracing Divine-Unfolding that could not otherwise be expressed in finite words. Language and symbols as Jesus used them were meant not for the intellect and mind, but, primarily to transform our hearts and to deepen our relation with one another. Jesus was a…

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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, most in great poverty. She founded the Missionary…

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