January 2020

Reflection for January 31

2019-12-12T15:19:46-06:00January 31st, 2020|Reflections|

St. John Bosco – 

Our life is all about faith and trust in God; God plants the seed and we provide the atmosphere that it may grow. No matter how small and insignificant we might feel at times, we do make a difference. And with God’s grace we can make our little corner of the world a little bit of heaven. We do walk by faith and not by sight.

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Reflection for January 30

2019-12-12T15:17:53-06:00January 30th, 2020|Reflections|

Sometimes we act like three-way light bulbs lit only to the lowest power or we act as though we were operating on a dimmer switch. Why do we ration this light of love? And then we sometimes dim the light in others through sarcasm, or cynicism, fault finding, negativity, divisiveness. Let us pray that we will rediscover the light of Christ within us and never be ashamed to share that light with others.

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Reflection for January 29

2019-12-12T15:15:16-06:00January 29th, 2020|Reflections|

May we possess the faith of the Gospel sower, may we plant seeds of generosity, reconciliation and justice regardless of the limits of the “soil” we have to work. But may we continue to sow and nurture out of gratitude and compassion, trusting that God will bring all things to completion in God’s good time.

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Reflection for January 28

2019-12-12T15:14:15-06:00January 28th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Thomas Aquinas – 

Jesus undercut all exclusive definitions of family by declaring: “Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me.” The Old Testament radicalized moral responsibility by insisting that we are our brother’s keeper. The New Testament takes that moral responsibility a quantum step further by defining our brother/sister as any and every child of God. We are all brothers and sisters to one another because we are all children of God.

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Reflection for January 27

2019-12-12T15:12:36-06:00January 27th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Angela Merici – 

When our beliefs are challenged, when we are confronted with what we are trying to ignore, when we discover how others are negatively affected by our actions, we go into “attack” mode. Jesus calls us to embrace the Spirit of God, the God of compassion, the God of justice that enables us to see beyond our cynicism and to put aside our skepticism in order to bring healing and hope, reconciliation and peace, to broken hearts and homes.

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Reflection for January 26

2019-12-12T15:10:57-06:00January 26th, 2020|Reflections|

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

Whenever life seems complex take another look at the simplicity of our faith, which is by no means shallow but has great depth. It involves following Jesus, and we do that by getting to know what he taught in the gospels and how he lived with others. The rest of life will then be seen in its right perspective.

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Reflection for January 25

2019-12-12T15:09:33-06:00January 25th, 2020|Reflections|

Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle – 

Jesus changes persecutors into proclaimers and doubters into disciples. This is how God works throughout the Scriptures. God takes the nothingness of darkness and chaos and creates a world. God begins re-creation of that same world though the emptiness of a virgin’s womb. In the same way, the Risen Christ makes believers and messengers out of faithless people. We give thanks that, even in our faithlessness, Christ is at work in us to make us faithful.

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Reflection for January 24

2019-12-12T15:08:09-06:00January 24th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Francis de Sales – 

The work of carrying the gospel is not reserved for the elite few, for the deep thinkers alone, or for the skilled activists. We are all called by Christ to drive out every evil force from our poor, afflicted world. All are called to heal the wounds inflicted by careless society; all are called to point the way to the one who is “the way, the truth, and the life.”

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Reflection for January 23

2019-12-12T15:06:04-06:00January 23rd, 2020|Reflections|

St. Vincent and St. Marianne Cope – 

Like Jesus we are faced with times of peace and times of conflict; times of action and times of silence. Fr. George Maloney writes: “If you wish to become a contemplative, a listener, a doer of God’s Word, you must learn to encounter God in deep silence and solitude. As you meet God in the quiet of God’s loving presence, you will learn how to live more consciously aware of God’s presence in your hours of busy activities throughout the day.”

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Reflection for January 22

2019-12-12T15:04:41-06:00January 22nd, 2020|Reflections|

Day of Prayer for Legal Protection of Unborn Children – 

Jesus defied regulations that made the letter of the law more important than its spirit. Jesus is calling us to live his message. As we proceed deeper into the life of Jesus, the challenges become greater. The little helpless baby in the manger which we adored a few weeks ago is now challenging us to live his life. Our life of faith and prayer has to reach out into the world.

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