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Spiritual Reflections

These are reflections given by Loretto members at a variety of services.

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Reflection on the Third Sunday of Easter

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / April 14, 2024 /

In the first reading, Acts, Paul is angry and he says to his listeners, “You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.”…

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Reflection on the Second Sunday of Easter

By Mary Swain SL / April 7, 2024 /
Bright yellow daffodils bloom.

Acts 4:32-35, 1 John 5:1-6, John 20:19-31   Several years ago, during the Easter Vigil Elaine Prevallet quoted a phrase from a poem of Wendell Berry’s.  He used the expression, “Practice resurrection.” …

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Reflection on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

By Eleanor Craig SL / March 31, 2024 /
Light from an arched window illuminates a tall crucifix in a church. Spring flower arrangements surround the base of the cross.

Acts 10:34-43                      1 Cor 5:6-8               Mark 16:1-7 We have arrived this morning, at the conclusion of Holy Week, to greet a new day.  With one third of the peoples of…

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Reflection on Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

By Kathy Wright SL / March 24, 2024 /
Woden crucifix with two palms crossed behind Christ

For many years this Gospel was a mystery to me. Jesus, who usually shunned the role of a public figure at the center of everyone’s attention who was to be…

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Reflection on the Fifth Sunday of Lent

By Eleanor Craig SL / March 17, 2024 /
The Raising of Lazarus

The very familiar Gospel story of Lazarus’ death and rising has so many Christian themes running through it: death and dying, of course; life and hope; faithful friendship; rising and…

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Reflection on the Fourth Sunday of Lent

By Eileen Custy SL / March 10, 2024 /

There are some lessons to be learned from the man blind from birth. His healing allows us to look at both the physical aspects of light in relation to sight,…

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Reflection on the Third Sunday of Lent

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / March 3, 2024 /
The Ten Commandments (1889)

We have two complete accounts here today, the recitation of the commandments and the cleansing of the temple. They are each so familiar and so solidly constructed that I had…

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Reflection on the Second Sunday of Lent

By Elisa Rodriguez SL / February 25, 2024 /
Two women hold hands in prayer, while others reflect

“This my beloved Son. Listen to Him.”  The readings for today all speak of death and life. God orders Abraham to offer his son as sacrifice. Paul teaches the Christian…

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Reflection on the First Sunday of Lent

By Agnes Ann Schum SL / February 18, 2024 /
scenic view of a desert

Genesis 9:8-15 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15 Today is the first Sunday of Lent.  So, my question to you is: How has your attitude toward Lent changed throughout your life? …

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Reflection on the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eileen Custy SL / February 11, 2024 /

Hansen’s Disease is a frightening, painful disease that for centuries was only cured by death. It is highly contagious, which as you know, fostered isolation and fear of anyone who…

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Reflection on the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Maria Visse SL / February 4, 2024 /
Double rainbow over a mountain landscape.

Today we go from abject failure to a light at the end of the tunnel. I know I have had “Job” moments in my life journey. Debilitating health conditions, the…

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Reflection on the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Mary Swain SL / January 28, 2024 /
Two women embrace.

Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Mark 1:21-28 Jesus is in Capernaum. It is early in his public life. Things go well. In Mark’s Gospel before the section we just heard, Jesus had met…

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