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Spiritual reflections by Sisters and Associates

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March 19, 2017 — Third Sunday of Lent

READINGS: Exodus 17: 3-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5: 1-2, 5-8; John 4: 5-42 “Give me a drink.” Today’s familiar Gospel story teems with themes and images to unpack and ponder: a model of encounter, a lesson in Jesus’ evangelizing strategy, a reflection on giving and receiving, a meditation on living water and fields to be […]

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March 12, 2017 — Second Sunday of Lent

Readings: Genesis 12: 1-4a; Psalm 33; 2 Timothy 1: 8b-10; Matthew 17: 1-9 “Listen to him.” We’ve all had the experience. We may be paging through the Scripture readings for the day, or (half-)listening to the lector proclaiming the Word at Mass. Suddenly, a phrase strikes us like a lightning bolt. Our heads and hearts […]

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Reflection for the First Weeks of Lent, 2017

We should always give you thanks, almighty and eternal God, for you do not cease to spur us on to possess a more abundant life and, being rich in mercy, you constantly offer pardon, and call on sinners to trust in your forgiveness alone. Never did you turn away from us and, though time and […]

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February 26 — Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Isaiah 49:14-15, Psalms 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34 The message for today’s celebration is about God’s love and concern for us and calls us to respond in faith and trust. The first reading (Isaiah 49:14–15) describes a mother’s gentle care for her child and this is like God’s love for us. […]

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February 19 — Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Lv 19:1-2, 17-18, Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13, 1 Cor 3:16-23, Mt 5:38-48 We continue for the fourth straight week with Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. On the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we heard Jesus proclaim the beatitudes. Since then, each Sunday Jesus has enlarged on the general statements of the beatitudes […]

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February 12, 2017—Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Readings: SIR 15:15-20, PS 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34, 1 COR 2:6-10, MT 5:17-37 The first reading and the Gospel discuss the law of the Lord. The Psalm Response from Psalm 119 calls us blessed if we follow the law of the Lord. These readings may sound dry and foreboding. But Jesus came teaching about choices. In today’s first […]

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February 5, 2017 — Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: IS 58:7-10, PS 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 1 COR 2:1-5, MT 5:13-16 February begins with the feast of the Presentation on February 2. The universal Church also celebrates the World Day for Consecrated Life on this day and it is recalled in parishes the weekend of February 4–5. The image of light, the presence of […]

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HEAR YE, HEAR YE! Announcing tidings of great joy, Christmas 2016!

In our midst, right before our eyes and ears, blooming like fuchsia flowers on a Christmas cactus, appear unmistakable signs of Emmanuel, God-with-us, God in our flesh and blood. Here are just a few of those signs, culled from our Sisters, Associates, colleagues, and sponsored ministries. Each one represents hundreds of untold stories. As we […]

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God’s Impossible Dream: A Reflection for the Weeks of Advent

READINGS: Second week of Advent What does God want? Advent reminds us that God has great dreams — for people, for nations, for all creatures, for Earth itself. In the Advent Scripture readings we find powerful images of the desires of God’s heart. First, God longs for justice and peace. “Justice shall flourish in God’s […]

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Charity Wisdom — Late Summer 2016

From Our Founders and Friends Late summer brings celebrations of Mary’s Assumption (Aug. 15) and Elizabeth Ann Seton’s birthday (Aug. 28). Labor Day signals the informal end of summer; students go off to college, teachers prepare to return to school. Ordinary Time takes on a different rhythm. From centuries ago, the words of our founders […]

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