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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 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Johanna Brian SL / October 18, 2020 /

It’s probably not news to anyone that I had many brothers and sisters and living and coping with that many siblings taught me some important life lessons. One of the most fascinating subjects I learned about was power — what it is, who has it, who doesn’t and how it works. Nobody disputed the power…

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Reflection on the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Elaine Prevallet SL / October 11, 2020 /

Matthew 22:1-22:10 In the last few weeks, we’ve been reading, in Matthew’s Gospel, a group of stories that seem to involve what experts call “parables of reversal,” — stories that involve a change in the “audience” — when one group fails to respond, the story tries another group. But today’s stories are notable for their lack of coherence:…

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Reflection on the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Sue Rogers SL / October 4, 2020 /
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Matthew 21:33-43 Throughout both the Jewish and the Christian Scriptures grapes, wine, vineyards, vines and branches, owners, tenants and laborers are some of the most common allegories for the relationships between God and God’s people. I Googled “vineyards in the Bible.” One source listed 82 different scriptural references — 27 from the New Testament and…

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Reflection on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eleanor Craig SL / September 27, 2020 /

Ezekiel 18:25-28 Philippians 2:1-11 Matthew 21:28-32 I have my own version of the Gospel story: My mother would say to my sister, ‘Please wash the dishes,’ and my sister would say an emphatic, belligerent ‘NO!’ It was clear she would not change her mind without confrontation. My mother would then sigh and say to me,…

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Reflection on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Susan Classen CoL / September 20, 2020 /

As I reflected on Jesus’ use of parables, I was reminded of an experience soon after I arrived to live and work in El Salvador. Felipa, a Poor Claire novice, was teaching a literacy class while a soldier watched through an open window. After a while, he interrupted the class and, with a menacing voice,…

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Reflection on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eileen Custy SL / September 13, 2020 /

This Community is called to be Friends of Mary at the Foot of the Cross. That title has resonated with me often since both Lynn Levo and Mary Pellegrino talked about it in their presentations. So, as we look forward to the Feast of the Seven Sorrows next Tuesday, I would like to reflect on…

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Reflection on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Mary Swain SL / September 6, 2020 /
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Ezekiel 33:7-9, Matthew 18:15-20 I find the Ezekiel reading today difficult to understand.  I also find it filled with thoughts of hopelessness. It seems to be about correcting the other person, the wicked one, and about being responsible for that person’s death if the individual’s behavior does not change. Hard sayings. We need to know, though, that Ezekiel is…

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Reflection on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Johanna Brian SL / August 30, 2020 /

In her book “So Far From Home” published in 2012, Margaret Wheatley said that the human race was on a roller coaster traveling at full speedwithout anyone knowing how to apply the brakes. COVID-19 has applied thebrakes — efficiently and effectively. Here we sit, stunned and bewildered.For those who are spiritually awake, also energized and…

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Reflection on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Elaine Prevallet SL / August 23, 2020 /

Matthew 16:13-20 Today’s Gospel speaks of  a moment in the life of Jesus when, in response to Peter’s recognition of Jesus’ identity as Son of God, Jesus pronounces Peter to be “the rock” on which Jesus will build his church. We might be aware that this passage has been  a source of contention between Protestants…

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Reflection on the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Maria Visse SL / August 16, 2020 /

I must admit that the preparation of this homily comes at a very mind-disturbing time.  How to keep concentrated on a Gospel text when the United States of America is faced with the challenge of acknowledging the social and economic inequalities that have been so highlighted by  COVID-19 and the lack of leadership in confronting…

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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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