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Spiritual reflections by Sisters and Associates


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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Pope Francis Reflects on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Pope Francis’ 2013 Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) includes this reflection on, and prayer to, the Blessed Virgin Mary: Mary, Virgin and Mother, you who, moved by the Holy Spirit, welcomed the word of life in the depths of your humble faith: as you gave yourself completely to the Eternal One, […]

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May 29, 2016 —Feast of Corpus Christi

Feast of Corpus Christi: the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ READINGS: Genesis 14: 18-20; Psalm 110: 1, 2, 3, 4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Luke 9:11b-17 Spring in New York City brings out the pilgrims, who travel near and far to see burgeoning life in new or familiar places. So it was that I […]

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Sunday, May 22, 2016 — Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

We apologize for the delay in posting this reflection. The words are just as meaningful a day later! READINGS: Proverbs 8:22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16: 12-15 “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 […]

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Charity Wisdom — Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016

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 Mary, the mother of Jesus, with Christ’s gift of the Holy Spirit, with those around us, especially those in need, […]

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