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Spiritual reflections by Sisters and Associates


Charity Wisdom — Ordinary Time, September-October 2017

Autumn of our 200th anniversary year — a time to thank God for a full harvest of blessings, and to pray for peace, for responsible care of creation, for workers and those who seek work, for teachers and students, for those living in poverty. From centuries ago, the words of our founders still resound, full […]

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June 18, 2017 — Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

READINGS: Deuteronomy 8: 2–3; 14–16; Psalm 147; 1 Corinthians 10: 16–17; John 6: 51–58 It’s a typical Sunday at the 9:45 Mass in my local parish. On the worn, lived-in faces of the parish’s elders who often frequent this Mass, I see faith and hope and endurance. Moms and grandparents cradle sleeping infants; toddlers squirm […]

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Summer sky above a field of sunflowers.

Charity Wisdom, Summer 2017

Summer, June–August, 2017 From centuries ago, the words of our founders still resound, full of wisdom and insight for today. Saints Elizabeth Ann Seton, Vincent de Paul, and Louise de Marillac invite us to deepen our relationships with Christ and hiss gift of the Holy Spirit, with those around us, especially those in need, with […]

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Sunday, June 11, 2017 — Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity 

READINGS: Exodus 34: 4b–6, 8–9; Daniel 3: 52-55; 2 Corinthians 13: 11–13; John 3: 16–18  “How wonderful Your name in all the earth!” exclaims the psalmist about the living, awesome, tender mystery that we call God. The God whom our Christian tradition reveals as Triune is indeed a God of many names.  The Scriptures give […]

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Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017

READINGS: Acts 2:1–11; Psalm 104; 1 Corinthians 12:3b–7, 12–13; John 20: 19–23 You hear it everywhere this time of year, from excited graduates and proud family members alike: “I can’t believe that four whole years have gone by!” Time always seems to be flying (whether or not you’re having fun).  Yet here we are, at […]

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“Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)

May 28, 2017 — Reflection for Seventh Sunday of Easter

READING: Acts 1: 12-14; Psalm 27; 1 Peter 4:13-16; John 17: 1-11a As we begin today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we find the eleven disciples in Jerusalem in the upper room along with Mary and some other women and other disciples. The time between the Ascension and Pentecost is one of […]

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Ascension Thursday – May 25, 2017

READINGS: Acts 1: 1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1: 17-23; Matthew 28: 16-20 Today is the 40th day after Easter, the traditional date for celebrating the feast of the Ascension. In many dioceses, the Ascension is transferred to the 7th Sunday of Easter – next Sunday, May 28. Here in the Archdiocese of New York we […]

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Sixth Sunday of Easter — May 21, 2017

Readings: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Psalm 66; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21 By now in the Easter season we have made friends with the Acts of the Apostles, 1 Peter and the Gospel of John. These readings have framed our Easter experience with rich stories and images. We are now walking with all deliberate speed towards […]

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James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The Pilgrims of Emmaus on the Road (Les pèlerins d'Emmaüs en chemin), 1886–1894.

Third Sunday of Easter, April 30, 2017

READINGS: Acts 2:14, 22-33; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24: 13-35 Today, we find ourselves on the road to Emmaus — a familiar story in the Gospel writers’ collection of “now you see him, now you don’t,” post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus. The risen Christ continues to startle his disciples by turning up at the […]

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Second Sunday of Easter, April 23, 2017 — Divine Mercy Sunday

READINGS: Acts 2: 42-47; Psalm 118; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20: 19-31 In Easter’s light, the Scriptures today call us to open our minds and hearts wider, ever wider. Signs and images of God’s incredible and tender mercy abound in us and around us. Imagine what our families, communities, nations, would look like if we […]

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