February 2020

Reflection for February 19

2020-02-18T08:11:06-06:00February 19th, 2020|Reflections|

In his healing of the blind man, Jesus challenges us to see one another as more than “walking trees,” to look with the light of his compassion and forgiveness to realize our ability and responsibility to be the means of reconciliation and healing for the broken and troubled; to perceive God’s Spirit prompting us to realize the many opportunities we have to bring light into the darkness of ignorance and dispel the shadows of fear.

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Reflection for February 17

2020-02-16T23:03:08-06:00February 17th, 2020|Reflections|

Our lives are filled with signs: our families, communities and friends who love and support us, the wonders of creation, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the beauty of a sunrise or sunset, a child’s smile, the grace of someone’s kindness, support and forgiveness.What we doneed is the openness of heart and the vision of faith to realize those signs in our midst.

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Reflection for February 16

2020-02-15T21:02:40-06:00February 16th, 2020|Reflections|

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

External religious observance has its place but will never suffice to make us authentic followers of Christ. It is relatively easy to observe rituals and to affirm doctrines but, unfortunately, such observance can easily co-exist with an interior attitude that is judgmental and unforgiving. As the gospel reminds us, reconciliation with the alienated people in our lives and often families is more important than meticulous, or even scrupulous, religious observance.

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Reflection for February 15

2020-02-09T23:31:25-06:00February 15th, 2020|Reflections|

From the beginning of Christian belief, our tradition has traced in the feeding of the crow­d, Christ’s gift of himself­ in the Eucharist where Jesus continues to multiply loaves to fill our deepest yearnings. As we leave Mass in which we have received the Holy Eucharist will we carry with us the Lord’s compassion and love or are we still handing out our crumbs of indifference?

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Reflection for February 14

2020-02-09T23:30:26-06:00February 14th, 2020|Reflections|

Saints Cyril and Methodius – 

Jesus was only able to heal and touch the lives of others because he listened. My friends, we need to be better listeners in order that we might be better able to meet the needs of others.  Are we really listening to our spouses, our children, our friends? How very often people are crying out for help and we are not hearing them because we are so tuned-in to ourselves and our own concerns.

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Reflection for February 13

2020-02-09T23:29:21-06:00February 13th, 2020|Reflections|

Have you ever wondered if you have the right ingredients for your prayer? The woman in today’s Gospel had them all and her prayer was answered. She had love. She made the misery of her child her own. This woman had faith. It was a faith which came alive. This woman had unbeatable persistenceand the gift of cheerfulness. What is our conversation with God really like?

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Reflection for February 12

2020-02-09T23:28:29-06:00February 12th, 2020|Reflections|

Jesus had far harsher words of condemnation for the spiritually proud than for the sensually fallen. He did not approve of the sins of the flesh any more than the sins of the heart. Both stand in the way of a loving relationship to God and neighbor. But he found sins of the heart bigger obstacles to loving God and others because these sins are often the sins of what might be called the “respectable sins of respectable people,” people who are scarcely aware of the damage they do.

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Reflection for February 11

2020-02-09T23:27:23-06:00February 11th, 2020|Reflections|

Our Lady of Lourdes – 

God’s love is so great that he wishes to give us every good thing. He is ever ready to hear our prayers. Nothing is too great or too trivial to share with our Father. Let us bring to God our hopes and desires, our worries and needs at every moment of every day.

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Reflection for February 10

2020-02-09T23:23:27-06:00February 10th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Scholastica – 

Lord Jesus, you healed the sick and suffering by the simple yet powerful act of your loving word and compassionate touch. As you have healed us, may we now be your ministers of healing the broken and reconciling the lost by our own simple outreach to those in pain or despair.

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