Daily Reflections

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COMPASSION

“Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering. What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it.” -Henry Nouwen

 

ON THE SIDE OF THE OPPRESSED

Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand

-Simone Weil

A Teacher’s Mission

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. –   Khalil Gibran

 

 

 

MERCY IN THE CITY

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I appreciate that both the church and my city (New York) are greater than the sum of their flaws, that at their best they are both places that inspire good. They are fluid, with people coming and going all the time – looking for new starts, hiding from old hurts, finding comfort. People think, I’m going to be a new person here. – Kerry Weber, Mercy In The City

THE TREASURES IN FRIENDSHIP

Friendship is not a reward for our discrimination and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of all the others. They are no greater than the beauties of a thousand other men; by friendship God opens our eyes to them. They are, like all beauties, derived from Him, and then, in a good friendship, increased by Him through the friendship itself, so that it is His instrument for creating as well as for revealing. – C.S.Lewis, The Four Loves

GOD IS WITH YOU

Let nothing disturb you
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.”

Teresa of Ávila

SPREADING THE LIGHT OF GOD

Each of you has a personal vocation which He has given you for your own joy and sanctity. When a person is conquered by the fire of His gaze, no sacrifice seems too great to follow Him and give Him the best of ourselves. This is what the saints have always done, spreading the light of the Lord … and transforming the world into a welcoming home for everyone.” ― Pope Benedict XVI

LETTING OTHERS IN

In order to stand by the downtrodden, never to exclude but to include them in our lives, we need to be freed from our compulsive needs to succeed, to have power and approbation. We also need to be free from past hurts that govern our lives and cut us off from some people. We all need to grow in freedom. – Jean Vanier, Becoming Human

CALLED BY THE SPIRIT

When a person responds to the call of the Spirit … the sisters will welcome [her] with joy as enriching the community with her presence and talents. They will encourage her by their love and the witness of their lives…. …. She has come to be formed in the fullness of Christian life lived … through the [vows]… seeking God to whom she has given herself… a personal love of Christ, zeal for the apostolate, and the …humility …to be receptive to community….

– Sisters of Bon Secours Constitutions #60

FOR GRACE TO BE GRACE

For grace to be grace, it must give us things we didn’t know we needed and take us places where we didn’t know we didn’t want to go. As we stumble through the crazily altered landscape of our lives, we find that God is enjoying our attention as never before. ”
― Kathleen Norris

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