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Reflection for Dec. 28, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Holy Family is a shining example of love, humility, kindness

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by Sister Paulette Hupfauf

We know very little about the Holy Family while they lived in the small village of Nazareth. Yet the feast day Collect Prayer ("O God, who were pleased to give us the shining example of the Holy Family" 1) had me ponder: What do we really know about the Holy Family?

Part of the answer seems to come from St. Paul in his Letter to the Colossians: "... as God's chosen ones, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness & patience ... over all these things put on love."(2) Then the Gospel Acclamation seems to capture how we might follow the example. "Let the peace of Christ control your hearts; Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly." (3)

May each of us be living examples to our families, neighbors and community of the peace of Christ and the Word of Christ as the Holy Family is for us.

 

1: Excerpt from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.
2 & 3: Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

 

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Reflection for Sept. 21, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

God's peace and generosity is offered to all

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by Sister Jacqueline Capelle

Today's Gospel tells us the story of a peaceful and generous vineyard owner. When it was time to harvest the grapes, he went out many times during the day to hire workers. At the end of the day he paid all the workers the same amount. The people were overcome with amazement. The owner of the vineyard was a generous and peaceful person.

Sunday is International Day of Peace. We are seeing more and more violence in our world. To end this we start with ourselves -- each of us has to ask ourselves if we are leading a life of violence. If we say "yes" then we must unlearn the ways of violence and cultivate nonviolence. If we each do this, we can make steps to change our violent world. On International Day of Peace, find one way to bring nonviolence into your life, such as attending our Peace Vigil, and encourage those you know or live with to do the same.

Universal Peace Prayer

Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill my heart, my world, my universe.

 

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