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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 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Mary Swain SL / August 9, 2020 /

Matthew 14: 22-33 Last Sunday’s Gospel and homily spoke of John the Baptist’s disciples coming to tell Jesus that John had been beheaded.  Jesus would have to be thinking that he might be next.  He and his disciples went off to a place where they could be alone.  But the people realized Jesus was in…

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Reflection on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eleanor Craig SL / August 2, 2020 /

Isaiah 55: 1-3           Ps 145                   Romans 8: 35-39                   Mt 14: 13-21 In today’s liturgy all the readings have the same simple message: Love permeates the world. God loves all of us and will not let us down. We have nothing to fear.  This good news comes just in time to strengthen us in these critical days for our…

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Reflection on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Maureen McCormack SL / July 26, 2020 /

In our first reading today, King Solomon dreamed that God appeared to him and said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” Solomon asked for an understanding heart so he would always know what was right. God was pleased at Solomon’s response and rewarded him abundantly. If God said to you,…

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Reflection on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Sue Rogers SL / July 19, 2020 /

Today Matthew’s Gospel presents three parables. The kingdom of God is like a farmer who had planted his field with good seed, but an enemy had come in and sown weeds that were sprouting alongside the grain. The kingdom of God is like yeast acting on three measures of flour.  And the kingdom of God is like…

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Reflection on the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Johanna Brian SL / July 12, 2020 /

As I began to prepare this homily, I thought about the fact that this is the last day of the Assembly and you’re probably mentally and emotionally worn out.  Right?  As Sister Regis Marie said to me one time when I was telling her my difficulties,“Too bad!”  This homily will probably  not be a warm…

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Reflection on the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eileen Custy SL / July 5, 2020 /

“The Spirit of God dwells in you!” Powerful words, Transforming words. “The Spirit of God dwells in each of us.” What do those words mean to you? Are they just words or do they really help to see life differently? Years ago, Sister Maureen McCormack and I lived in Houston together and on Saturday mornings…

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Reflection on the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Elaine Prevallet SL / June 28, 2020 /

Matthew 10:37-42 What I’ll be saying this morning can’t really be called a homily. I won’t be teaching anything; it’s just my own reflection on a Gospel passage that troubles me, and I truly don’t know how to talk about it. These lines appear, I think, only in Matthew, and the context is Jesus’ preparing and readying…

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Reflection on the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Mary Swain SL / June 21, 2020 /

Jeremiah 20:10-13, Matthew 10:26-33 “Fear no one,” we just heard read at the beginning of today’s Gospel.  Jesus said to the Twelve, “Fear no one.”  To back up this command, to give the Twelve a reason to behave this way, to have no fear, he tells them about God and sparrows.  It seems strange to…

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Reflection on the Feast of Corpus Christi

By Eleanor Craig SL / June 14, 2020 /

Today’s feast of Corpus Christi is about sacraments.  It encourages us to reflect on the ways God uses the most simple human realities to bring us to the holy, how Grace and Divine Love are given to us through the physical elements of our human lives: water, bread and wine, the company of one another…

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Reflection on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

By Johanna Brian SL / June 7, 2020 /

One of my favorite Peanuts comics shows Linus, Lucy and Charlie Brown looking at the clouds and reporting what they see.  Linus sees Beethoven, Lucy sees the Statue of Liberty and Charlie tells them he sees nothing.  Later, Lucy asked him if it was true that he saw nothing.  He said no it wasn’t true. …

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Reflection on Pentecost Sunday

By Eileen Custy SL / May 31, 2020 /

Recently, in my reading I came across this sentence that caught my attention: We like to think that we base our beliefs on evidence, but far more   often we arrange the evidence to fit our beliefs, distorting or excluding what won’t fit, seeking out evidence that will, surrounding ourselves with others who share them.                              — Charles…

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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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