August 2020

Reflection for August 21

2020-07-27T14:21:20-05:00August 21st, 2020|Reflections|

St. Pius X – 

Sometimes love asks us to put aside our own dreams for those we love in order to enable them to realize their own dreams; love can demand that we swallow our own disappointments and hurts in order to forgive, to support, to lift up; love can require us to check our own pain in order to alleviate another’s hurt.

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Reflection for August 20

2020-07-27T14:19:46-05:00August 20th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Bernard – 

Today’s story, like the whole Gospel, is a decision story. Will we accept God’s invitation each day to draw closer to him?  How interested are we and how committed are we to our faith?  Will we make the sacrifice to live the Catholic-Christian life each day? The greatest danger is simply ignoring the invitation.

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Reflection for August 19

2020-07-27T14:15:38-05:00August 19th, 2020|Reflections|

St. John Eudes – 

The main complaint in today’s story is that the owner was not fair. And they are right, the farmer is not fair and neither is God. God is not fair. God is generous. He will not give less than he promised. No one will be cheated by God, because he always gives more than he promises.

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Reflection for August 18

2020-07-27T14:14:04-05:00August 18th, 2020|Reflections|

Life in the Kingdom is a gift from God, received with open hands. However, clutching an armload of assets makes it impossible to receive God’s life. But in a world where people are valued for their finances and where the worth of a person’s bank account is mistaken for their personal worth, how can we loosen our grip and empty our hands to receive God’s grace?

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Reflection for August 17

2020-07-27T14:12:51-05:00August 17th, 2020|Reflections|

It becomes very clear in this gospel that the essence of eternal life is not a carefully calculated keeping of the commandments and the rules and the regulations. Eternal life is based on an attitude of loving and sacrificial generosity toward fellow human beings.  We will find eternal life, peace of mind, joy, serenity of heart in reproducing God’s attitude of love and care to all those around us.

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Reflection for August 16

2020-07-27T14:11:33-05:00August 16th, 2020|Reflections|

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

We call ourselves Catholic but are we?  CATHOLIC mean universal; it means everyone is included.  I am afraid that our day-to-day attitudes are not as catholic as they should be. We all know our hang-ups and prejudices, are we aware of our ways of discriminating, are we aware of how we exclude others from our life at different moments?

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Reflection for August 15

2020-07-27T14:10:05-05:00August 15th, 2020|Reflections|

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 

According to Mary’s Magnificat, God will be located in social reversal. To focus too much on where we think God is supposed to be, is to risk missing God everywhere else in this world.

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Reflection for August 14

2020-07-27T14:07:40-05:00August 14th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Maximilian Kolbe – 

The beginning and foundation of a solid spirituality is to accept myself with all its limitations and to be who I am. So many souls miss their chance of great holiness not because they are in the wrong place and know it, but because they are in the right place and will not admit it.

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Reflection for August 13

2020-07-27T14:05:38-05:00August 13th, 2020|Reflections|

Forgiveness is not easy; it takes time and effort. Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It doesn’t mean a change in memory; it means a change of heart. Forgiveness is willing to allow a person who has offended me to start over again. Forgiveness recognizes the humanity of the person who has wronged us and also recognizes our own humanity and our own shortcomings and our own contribution to what goes wrong in relationships.

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Reflection for August 12

2020-07-27T14:03:45-05:00August 12th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Jane Frances de Chantal – 

We pray to be God’s prophets of reconciliation and vehicles of forgiveness, to speak God’s Word of compassion in the devastating silence of anger; offering the balm of understanding and acceptance to the wounded and hurt; and restore the bond of God’s love to people broken by misunderstanding, intolerance and self-centeredness.

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