January 2022

Reflection for January 31

2022-01-28T13:16:17-06:00January 31st, 2022|Reflections|

Saint John Bosco, pray for us – 

O healing God, cast out the unclean spirits that destroy us. Raise us from the tombs in which we bury ourselves. Help us to realize the possibilities for resurrection in our everyday lives; may your grace enable us to break the chains and shackles of despair, fear and pride that prevent us from living our lives to the full.

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Reflection for January 30

2022-01-28T13:16:10-06:00January 30th, 2022|Reflections|

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Times– 

The people of Nazareth drove from their midst their best hope for an improved life. Whom do we exclude from our understanding of Christianity? There is no less narrow-mindedness in our present-day society. How many ideas, theories, recommendations, suggestions, are we closed off to? Let us pray to that one and same God, who felt the pain of rejection, for those who are suffering from rejection, and let us pray for ourselves that we will not be as narrow-minded as the people in today’s gospel.

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Reflection for January 29

2022-01-28T13:15:44-06:00January 29th, 2022|Reflections|

Who can this be that the wind and the sea obey him? He is the calm amid a storm. He is that reassuring whisper that all will be well. He is that cool breeze that soothes our troubled conscience. He is that deep inner stillness that restores our hope and gives us reassuring peace. Jesus is our peace!

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Reflection for January 28

2021-12-16T16:20:34-06:00January 28th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us – 

May we dare to always hope, O Lord, in our ability to plant seeds of compassion and reconciliation even in the coldest winters and in the rockiest, harshest soil. Let our smallest, most hidden kindnesses, and acts of charity result in your harvest of justice and peace, the bounty of your banquet table in heaven.


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Reflection for January 27

2021-12-16T16:19:05-06:00January 27th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Angela Merici, pray for us – 

We carry within us the light of Christ. How often do we deprive others of that light? That light of Christ within us will shine through a smile, a kind gesture, a pat on the back, a nod of recognition, a word of support and affirmation. There are endless opportunities in the day to brighten someone’s life. This little light of mine; let it shine!

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Reflection for January 26

2021-12-16T16:17:39-06:00January 26th, 2022|Reflections|

Saints Timothy and Titus, pray for us – 

Paul’s words to Timothy in our first reading inspire each of us to recognize the gifts that God has given us, to value them and to put them to use in the Church to which we belong. The Gospel reading from Luke about seventy-two unnamed disciples reminds us of the many dedicated people on whom the Lord depends for the continuance of his mission in every generation. Timothy and Titus are their models.

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Reflection for January 25

2021-12-16T16:16:24-06:00January 25th, 2022|Reflections|

The Conversion of Saint 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.

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Reflection for January 24

2021-12-16T16:14:30-06:00January 24th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Francis de Sales, pray for us – 

Gracious Father may your compassion and wisdom be the source of humanity’s unity and peace. In taking on the work of reconciliation that your Son has entrusted to us, may we rediscover our need for one another and begin to bring healing and justice to those issues and questions that divide us.

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Reflection for January 23

2021-12-16T16:12:52-06:00January 23rd, 2022|Reflections|

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

As followers of Jesus, we have received the power of the Spirit. We have been anointed to carry the message of evangelizing healing and freeing, bearing a message of hope to the world. We are the body of Jesus visible today. Do we have enough faith in ourselves to believe that all this is once again fulfilled in us each day? Do we believe in this fulfillment, which we have all received?

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Reflection for January 22

2021-12-16T16:10:41-06:00January 22nd, 2022|Reflections|

Jesus is always speaking of peace; a peace comes from trust and faith in God. In his moments of trial Jesus always seemed to have the strength that was needed, a strength that flowed from his time spent with his Father in prayer. His life was a prayer. And the same is true for us. Like Jesus, we need to return repeatedly to moments of solitude and conversation with our God.

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