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Reflections

We’ve gathered, and continue to gather, reflections from Loretto Community. members about experiences that have touched them over the years. Their lives have been changed by their experiences, and we hope you will find them inspiring too. Learn about the Faith and Spirituality of Loretto members.

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Reflection on Loretto’s Foundation Day

By Eileen Custy SL / April 25, 2020 /
Colorful handmade banner by Bob Strobridge with the quote "The Loretto Spirit"

“The vocation to be a Sister of Loretto, therefore, shows itself in a spirit of courage and generosity marked by trust in God, ingenuity and the self-reliance, made firm by a personal response to God through the Church.” — IATW             For 208 years of existence we have stood on the shoulders of some very…

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Reflections from the House of Loretto – March 19, 2020

By Maureen McCormack SL / March 19, 2020 /

Spring brings hope. Hope based in reality can fertilize the barren tree. Then perhaps it will bear fruit. I am unfolding toward my destiny even when I am not aware of it. That thought gives me hope. You have reason to expect much from your creation. The creative energies you have made available to us…

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Your Presence Gives Me Untold Joy

By Claudia Calzetta SL / February 1, 2020 /

When I sat down to write this article, I just couldn’t decide how to begin. There are so many “themes” that can be expanded about Roberta’s latest experience with jaw cancer. Shall I talk about the courage she exhibited before the surgery and then after? Or maybe speak about her upbeat and positive spirit, her…

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What Is Emerging?

By Loretto Community / February 1, 2020 /

By Mary Ellen McElroy and Cathy Mueller In the December 2019 issue of Interchange the Emerging Forms Committee invited us to enter into that deeper state of consciousness so that we begin to see with the eyes of our hearts what the future is calling us to be. During these two winter months we invite…

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7,600 collective years of Loretto service to the people of God

By Marlene Spero SL / November 5, 2019 /

As of the end of 2019, the vowed Sisters of Loretto currently living have collectively served in various ministries to the People of God for over 7,600 years. Sisters take first vows in Loretto after a preparation period where they formalize their desire to enter more deeply into consecrated religious life. This formal entry is…

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Emerging Forms Committee Asks, ‘What is Emerging?’

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2019 /

(Editor’s Note:  Reflections from the Emerging Forms Committee)  A question people often ask and wonder about is, “What is really meant by evolutionary consciousness?” We invite you to ponder with us as we reflect on what a few mystics have to say. Teilhard de Chardin speculated that all of nature has two principal dimensions —…

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Pentecost Reflection

By Loretto Community / June 8, 2019 /

Pentecost Sunday, June 9, 2019Reflection from the Loretto Earth Network We read in Acts 2: “When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.…

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A Reflection on Ask the Beasts

By Joy Jensen SL / May 8, 2019 /

A few years ago a juvenile red-tailed hawk was injured while flying into an electrical line. It died of starvation. I searched and found it under a tree. I stroked its beautiful feathers, and cried. I mourned the loss of such a majestic bird. We mourn the loss of our favorite dog or cat. Do…

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Emerging Forms/Emerging Mission

By Susan Classen CoL / November 1, 2018 /

(Editor’s Note: Part 1: A reflection at the one-year anniversary of the Nov. 4, 2017, vow celebration.) JoAnn Gates and I recently visited Natural Bridge State Park in Kentucky where I was fascinated by tree roots growing around large boulders in their search for soil. Just as tree roots are drawn around obstacles toward the…

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The Secret Garden Revisited: A Reflection

By Joy Jensen SL / October 1, 2018 /

A bird feeder hangs outside on my Infirmary window. A Chipping sparrow visits it daily and is occasionally joined by a Harris’s sparrow. After eating they fly to the Japanese maple growing near my window. The gray squirrel who lives in the tree by my window jumps to the maple and scampers down the tree…

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Remembering Cecily: A Reflection

By Martha Alderson CoL / September 1, 2017 /

Cecily (Peggy mostly, to me) was so many qualities I admired and such support to me that it would take much too much time and space to elaborate. Nevertheless, I find there are two special qualities I want to remind us of. First, Cecily was ever the political activist, always working for justice. She called…

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Jubilee Reflection: A Little Story About a Lifetime Commitment

By Loretto Community / February 2, 2017 /

By Kim Klein Here is a little summary of what I hope I said at my Jubilee after telling the story of meeting Loretto through Vicki Quatmann and making my commitment at Jeannine Swift’s home: I have always had some Bible verse that I focused on, sometimes for a few weeks and sometimes for years.…

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