Spiritual Reflections

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

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Reflection on the Seventh Sunday of Easter

By Maureen McCormack SL / May 24, 2020 /

These days of the Easter season are filled with remarkable events as recorded in the Scriptures. Sister Jeanne Dueber calls these events to our attention through her Stations of Life outside the back door of the church. Her Stations of Life begin with Jesus rising from the dead, then appearing to Peter, John and Mary…

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Reflection on the Feast of the Ascension

By Mary Swain SL / May 21, 2020 /

In Matthew’s Gospel, in the section of the Gospel right before what we heard a few minutes ago, the women have just told the disciples, the eleven, that Jesus is risen.  The women have seen him, they say, and he has spoken to them, and he wants the eleven to leave for Galilee where they…

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Reflection on the Sixth Sunday of Easter

By Elaine Prevallet SL / May 17, 2020 /

John 14:15-21 Today’s Gospel takes us right into the heart, the human heart, and the core, the center of Jesus’ message. Jesus is preparing his disciples for his departure, and he’s trying to explain to them what it will mean for them. He’s trying to tell them that he will be with them even though…

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Reflection on the Fifth Sunday of Easter

By Mary Swain SL / May 10, 2020 /

These Easter days are so full of energy and life.  The disciples are off and running to tell the various communities about Jesus and about The Way.  The reading from Acts shows the Twelve getting organized so that the Greek-speaking widows in the community would not be neglected. The apostles finally seem to understand.  They…

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Reflection on the Fourth Sunday of Easter

By Eleanor Craig SL / May 3, 2020 /

Acts 2:14, 36-41    Psalm 23 (24)    1 Peter 2:20-25    John 10:1-10     Last Sunday we had the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus and how they recognized Jesus in a stranger who broke bread with them. Today’s readings are again about recognizing Jesus in our midst, in the word, in our difficulties…

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Reflection on the Third Sunday of Easter

By Maureen McCormack SL / April 26, 2020 /

I love this Gospel (Luke 24:13-35), so many things about it, even the ring of the phrase “on the road to Emmaus.” So two of Jesus’ disciples were on the road to the village of Emmaus conversing about all the things that had occurred during these recent days. They had plenty of time to converse…

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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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Reflection on the Second Sunday of Easter

By Maria Visse SL / April 19, 2020 /

Today we join the disciples gathered together, doors locked, afraid of the Jews, not at all sure of what would come next. The disciples were accustomed to the presence of Jesus.  And here they were.  I imagine that they were talking about what to do next. What now? They had felt the deep truth, the…

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Reflection on Easter Sunday

By Elaine Prevallet SL / April 12, 2020 /
Sunlight shines through the window in the Motherhouse Church

We gather this morning to celebrate                           The Gift of Resurrection The world is charged with the grandeur of God. … And for all this, nature is never spent;             There lives the dearest freshness deep down things; And though the last lights off the black West went             Oh, morning, at the brown brink…

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Reflection on the Easter Vigil

By Sue Rogers SL / April 11, 2020 /

This year Easter is likely very difficult for very many people.  This year there are no Easter eggs rolling down the White House lawn.  There is no crowd packed tightly into the square outside St Peter’s for the Pope’s Easter Mass.  There is no Easter parade — it seems worldwide there are only funeral processions. …

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Reflection on Holy Thursday

By JoAnn Gates / April 9, 2020 /

Introduction by the Rev. Martin Lally CoL This gathering is about two very important aspects of our lives:  gift and community. Holy Thursday celebrates the event of Jesus gathering in community with his closest friends to celebrate friendship and to say farewell to those he loved so deeply.  As a way of saying goodbye Jesus…

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Reflection on Palm Sunday

By Eileen Custy SL / April 5, 2020 /

When we awoke on Jan. 2 with the start of a new year, little did we realize what we would be facing now. We were immersed in politics with all those people running for the office of president. We were busy making our new resolutions. We were celebrating the start of a new decade. We…

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