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The Word of St. Joseph

Reflect We have no written words of St. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. However, when a family goes to the Temple to present their newborn baby, the father is asked the name of the child. The only word we …

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Created Space

Reflect Wide-open spaces have captured the minds of humans for millenia—the Grand Canyon, the Sahara Desert, the Great Plains, the shores of a beach. Wide-open spaces inspire, provoke, and calm. Human creations can have the same effect on space: music, …

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Free Us, O Lord

Reflect Saint Oscar Romero was known for his striking homilies that were broadcast on the radio in El Salvador. He often highlighted the plight of the poor and the marginalized, and called for systems and political structures to create space …

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There’s a Gift in Your Midst

Reflect When we pray and seek out God, we are often led right to what’s already here in our lives. Pray Dear God, it’s clear to me now that sometimes when I try to find you above me,you show me …

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Learn From the Waterfowl

Reflect It’s tough to be patient when we are waiting for God to act in our lives. One recent morning I watched a snowy egret. She stood patiently in the shallow water of the sound–nearly motionless–for almost an hour. She …

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Separated by Color

Reflect “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness” (Gen 1:26). Sadly, we do not always see each other in this way. Racism is a reminder of our brokenness. Let us pray for the eyes to see …

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Alternate Energies

Reflect If we could use almost-free, renewable, natural power sources like solar, geothermal or hydro-electric, why would we choose toxic, diminishing fossil fuels instead? As Pope Francis said in Laudato Si: “We know that technology based on the use of …

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