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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 Second Sunday of Easter

By Sue Kenney CoL / April 11, 2021 /

There is richness to ponder in statements in today’s readings. In the Acts of the Apostles, “The community of believers was of one heart and mind.” “With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.” In the letter of John, “When we love the children of God we love God.”  And…

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Reflection on the Easter Vigil, April 3

By Susan Classen CoL / April 3, 2021 /
Sunlight shines through the window in the Motherhouse Church

“And.”  A…N…D… That’s the most important word to remember from my reflections this evening.  With God, what looks like an ending is always followed by “and.”  We see that truth in the broad strokes of God’s presence throughout history as presented in the readings this evening. Genesis tells us that the earth was a formless…

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Reflection on Palm Sunday, March 28

By Patricia Geier CoL / March 28, 2021 /

Isaiah 50:4-7, Phil. 2:6-11, Mark 11:1-10 The story of that first Palm Sunday as told by Mark would have made for good optics. If CNN had been there, the news team helicopters might have filmed two processions entering Jerusalem. Pontius Pilate and his legions coming from the east with their state-of-the-art weaponry rolling into town as…

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Reflection on the Fifth Sunday of Lent

By Eleanor Craig SL / March 21, 2021 /

Jeremiah 31:31-34        Hebrews 5:7-9        John 12:20-33 Happy springtime to all of you!   Have you ever thought what it would be like if Lent, Holy Week and Easter occurred in the fall instead of the spring? How different that would be, if it even could be. The liturgical and natural…

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Reflection on the Fourth Sunday of Lent

By Elaine Prevallet SL / March 14, 2021 /

  John 9: 1-41 In today’s Gospel, the scene is Jesus restoring sight to a man born blind — at which point Jesus makes this announcement: “As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world.” …That’s what I want to reflect on this morning — what that might  mean to us, these centuries later: “As long as I…

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Reflection on the Second Sunday of Lent

By Johanna Brian SL / February 28, 2021 /

When I was looking for a way to connect our readings for today to events in today’s world, I thought about the movie, “The Poseidon Adventure,”  which came out in 1972.  It was the story of a ship which capsized in a tidal wave.  The people trapped in the hull of the ship had a…

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Reflection on the First Sunday of Lent

By Eileen Custy SL / February 21, 2021 /

“I will be your God and you will be my people.” We are a people with a history of covenants entered into with our God. In the first reading, God promised Noah that the people would never again be destroyed. In the covenant with Abraham, God promises, “I will make you a great people and…

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Reflection on the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Maria Visse SL / February 14, 2021 /

When preparing a homily I always look up some general information about the origins of the Gospel for this day.  The Gospel according to St. Mark was written about 70 A.D. when the newly forming Christian community is moving away from Jewish religious traditions and opening out to the Gentile community. This is a busy Sunday. …

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Reflection on the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eleanor Craig SL / February 7, 2021 /

Job 7:1-71         Corinthians 9:16-23         Mark 1:29-39 The first reading for this Sunday made me cringe: What in the world can I do with Job! We’re just not comfortable with complaining; not such free-flowing, extended complaining. We don’t generally approve of complaining, not when it is on purpose and at…

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Reflection on the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Mary Swain SL / January 31, 2021 /

Mark 1:21-28 Jesus is in Capernaum.  It’s early in his public life.  Things go well.  In last Sunday’s Gospel, he met Simon and Andrew, then James and John.  He asked them to come with him. They dropped everything and followed him. Today, an unclean spirit in someone shouts out in the middle of Jesus’ teaching.  Jesus is…

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Reflection on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Elaine Prevallet SL / January 24, 2021 /
Sunlight shines through the window in the Motherhouse Church

Jonah 3, 1 Cor. 7, Mark 1:14-20 Today’s readings can remind us of how deep — and mysteriously various — are the religious bonds that connect us across the years and through diverse cultures. The readings are connected at the roots: They cover time from eight centuries before Christ up to the era of Christian…

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Reflection on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eileen Custy SL / January 17, 2021 /

Our Sunday readings are following the timeline of Jesus’ life. Last week he was baptized, and this week he is choosing his followers as he begins his public life. Our readings are from John’s Gospel and are arranged differently than the synoptic Gospels. John is  following a literary plan that matches the first book of…

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