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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 Baptism of the Lord

By Sue Rogers SL / January 10, 2021 /

With the Baptism of Jesus, we end our celebration of the Christmas season. Soon the lights and the trees will be gone from our grounds and courtyard, from the hallways and common spaces. The Christmas sweaters and sweatshirts will be folded away. The star on the academy building will once again be dark. We walk…

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Reflection on the Feast of the Epiphany

By Eleanor Craig SL / January 3, 2021 /

Isaiah 60:1-6                            Ephesians 3:2-6                       Matt 2:1-12 The key to this feast is in the epistle of Paul, in which he writes to the Ephesians of a mystery made known to him by revelation, the totally unexpected word that the Gentiles are also heirs, like Israel, of God’s promises — the promises realized in the Good…

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Reflection on the Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

By Mary Swain SL / January 1, 2021 /

The Gospel we just heard sounds like Christmas all over again. The shepherds have made their way to Bethlehem. Mary, Joseph and the child are there, just as the angel had told them earlier. At the end of today’s Gospel, the child is named Jesus, the Hebrew name that means “God saves.” Imagine walking around with the name God…

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Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Family

By Johanna Brian SL / December 27, 2020 /

Today is the feast of the Holy Family. The whole world seems to love a good family story and the entertainment industry knows it. “The Godfather,” which introduced us to the Corleone family, ran through two sequels by popular demand. “Downton Abbey” went on and on and on and spun off into all sorts of…

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Reflection on Christmas Eve

By Eileen Custy SL / December 24, 2020 /

“Who are you, God?” she asked. And God replied: “I Am. I am who I am.” “I am the origin of all life. I am the energy that drives everything in the universe. I am love. “Tonight, we celebrate two incarnations. The first took place somewhere around 13.7 billion years ago when God shared God’s…

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Reflection on the Fourth Sunday of Advent

By Agnes Ann Schum SL / December 20, 2020 /

Good morning, everyone!  Today, on this last Sunday of Advent, I want to tell you a story about Mary, the key figure of Luke’s Gospel, but my story hinges on a modern-day painting by American artist John Carrol Collier.  I ask you to use your imagination as I describe his painting, which depicts Mary as…

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Reflection on the Third Sunday of Advent

By Elaine Prevallet SL / December 13, 2020 /

John 1:6-8, 19-28 Let’s begin by remembering the word Advent: 1) ” – ad venir,” a word suggesting awaiting, anticipating, something about to happen, expectation or surprise. “- Be ready,” and the word suggests that it may be soon. Be ready. “Ad – venir” — something coming, and here we are using this phrase in…

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Reflection on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

By Sue Kenney CoL / December 8, 2020 /

Where are you?  I was afraid.  God chose us in Christ.  In love God destined us for adoption through Jesus. Hail Mary, full of Grace;  do not be afraid;  the Holy Spirit will come upon you;  nothing is impossible with God. These words from the readings are about being chosen in love, being called, being afraid…

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Reflection on the Second Sunday of Advent

By Eleanor Craig SL / December 6, 2020 /

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11        Ps 85:9-14        2 Peter 3:8-14        Mark 1:1-8 “Make way, make way” is a refrain usually shouted by those who announce the coming of someone important.   In Biblical times, the important ones were troops of the Empire; Roman dignitaries and regional officials; exotic rulers…

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Reflection on the First Sunday of Advent

By Johanna Brian SL / November 29, 2020 /

Once again, we have arrived at the First Sunday of Advent and the  beginning of a new liturgical year. We’ve been here many times before, and it’s a good time to consider where we are and where we need to go from here. In one of his poems, T.S. Eliot wrote, “We must never cease from…

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Reflection on the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

By Mary Swain SL / November 22, 2020 /

Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17; I Corinthians 15:20-26, 28; Matthew 25:31-46 Here we are, on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, celebrating Christ as king.  For some of us, “king” may carry negative connotations — kings and their subjects, power and prestige, wealth and castles. For others, “king” may bring memories of kings and rulers in the…

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Reflection on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Maria Visse SL / November 15, 2020 /

I remember a talk by Dominic Crossan about the parables, and there was one one comment that stuck with me. It was that Jesus didn’t give the parables to answer some dilemma. The parable was meant to provoke a response in the person listening to the parable. They are situations that should keep you thinking about, “What…

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