May 2020

Reflection for May 31

2020-05-02T12:09:57-05:00May 31st, 2020|Reflections|

Pentecost Sunday – 

The breath of the Holy Spirit blows in the church today, in every community and in every heart. But to benefit the common good, the fruits of the Spirit are desperately needed in our world: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the gifts that need to replace the gossip, negative criticism, false accusations and racism. This is how we can begin to renew the face of the earth.

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Reflection for May 30

2020-05-02T12:08:33-05:00May 30th, 2020|Reflections|

It seems appropriate on this day before Pentecost that we have an ‘on your way’ message.  Jesus died, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven and now it is in our hands to continue this ministry of love and peace. Our business now is to follow the Lord.  If we are keeping track of everyone else and not watching our own way, we might trip and fall flat on our face. Maybe a set of blinders would help us keep focused on Jesus.

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Reflection for May 29

2020-05-02T12:07:23-05:00May 29th, 2020|Reflections|

Can we extend the same grace to someone as Jesus does to Peter? Is there a relationship in our life that is in need of repair? Is there someone we are angry with, however justified our feelings? Do we possess something of the Spirit of the Risen One that enables us to take the first step toward reconciliation, the openness of heart to accept the apologies and efforts of the other to repair the breach?

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Reflection for May 28

2020-05-02T12:06:42-05:00May 28th, 2020|Reflections|

Real prayer gives us energy, energy to be used for others. Real prayer allows God to channel his power through us. It allows God to work in and through us. It gives us a strength that nothing else can. Real prayer is being ourselves in the presence of God and allowing God to speak in the silence of our hearts. It is not a treasure from the past; it is not something we use in an emergency.

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Reflection for May 27

2020-05-02T12:05:50-05:00May 27th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Augustine of Canterbury – 

When Jesus prayed for togetherness he was not so concerned with our opinions as with our attitudes.  Remember what he said: “By this shall all know that you are my disciples in that you love one another.” I don’t have to agree with you on every issue and you don’t have to agree with me. There can be unity in our diversity if only we have love. How can our Lord’s plea for Christian unity ever be fulfilled without your help and mine? We have to pitch in and get that prayer answered.

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Reflection for May 26

2020-05-02T12:04:01-05:00May 26th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Philip Neri – 

In Jesus’ final prayer to his Father at the Last Supper he thanks God for the words that God gave to him and that he now gives to us, words that reveal the love of God for all of us, his sons and daughters; words that give us reason to hope that we can bring light into the cold, dark corners of our lives.

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Reflection for May 25

2020-05-02T12:02:58-05:00May 25th, 2020|Reflections|

We are all in the process of becoming. If we could only live with that kind of attitude that without our knowing, God’s providence is working his purposes out even when it is invisible to our eyes. All we need is to trust in God’s providence.

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Reflection for May 24

2020-05-02T12:02:04-05:00May 24th, 2020|Reflections|

The Ascension of the Lord – 

My friends, our going to ‘all nations’ does not have to be too radical. Maybe we can reach out to someone in our work place, someone in our own family, among our friends. Maybe we can reach out in love to a person who is in need of support or affirmation. It sure beats standing around looking up into the heavens waiting for things to get better or go away or settle down.

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Reflection for May 23

2020-05-02T12:00:23-05:00May 23rd, 2020|Reflections|

With the sign of the cross we begin our Mass, we begin our rosary, we begin prayer.  Notice, there is no verb in that prayer, there is no subject, there is no object.  It merely sets the stage. It’s like an announcement, a herald, placing ourselves in God’s presence, filling our whole being with the Holy Trinity.

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Reflection for May 22

2020-05-02T11:59:07-05:00May 22nd, 2020|Reflections|

St. Rita of Cascia – 

We may grieve the loss of a good friend or a family member. We may grieve the betrayal of a friend or the inconsiderateness of someone special to us. We are all acquainted with such grief and for that reason we should be profoundly heartened by the promise Jesus made to his followers that their grief would be turned into joy.

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