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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 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / October 2, 2022 /

In 1984, when my brother Joe was diagnosed with Gay Men’s Virus, before it was named AIDS and then identified as HIV, before there was any treatment, I prayed. I…

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Reflection on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eileen Custy SL / September 25, 2022 /

When I first read this parable I thought “Jesus, this parable is a perfect fit for today’s world!” Let’s take a look at the actors in the parable and at…

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Reflection on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Maria Visse SL / September 18, 2022 /

Always the question: “As I consider the readings in today’s liturgy, what do they say for me now?”  As you know the Encyclical Letter from Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, has…

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Reflection on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eleanor Craig SL / September 11, 2022 /
black cross on top of mountain

Exodus 32 1 Timothy 1 Luke 15 This morning’s Gospel tells the story of our confusions about enough. Enough trouble, enough loss, enough yearning, enough resentment. And enough love to…

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Reflection on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / September 4, 2022 /

“Who can know God’s counsel?” asks the book of Wisdom. We are timid and find it very hard to grasp the world around us – except that sometimes, says Wisdom,…

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Reflection on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Johanna Brian SL / August 28, 2022 /

When I came up this hill at the ripe old age of 18 to give my life to God as I understood what that meant at the time, we had…

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Reflection on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Sue Rogers SL / August 21, 2022 /
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Luke 13: 22-30 Today’s readings are hard ones — I found them both uncomfortable and challenging. Jesus sounds distant, harsh even, hardly projecting mercy or compassion. Or projecting a welcoming…

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Reflection on the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Kathy Wright SL / August 14, 2022 /

When I first read this Gospel it was perplexing. When Jesus says “I have come to set the earth on fire” I am reminded of the raging fires in the…

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Reflection on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Agnes Ann Schum SL / August 7, 2022 /
person on top of a hill

Wisdom 18:6-9 Hebrews 11-12 Luke 12:32-48 In today’s Gospel, Luke’s audience is concerned about how they will provide for themselves for the long haul, about whether or not the claims…

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Reflection on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Mary Swain SL / July 31, 2022 /
Sunlight shines through the window in the Motherhouse Church

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-21; Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11; Luke 12:13:21 Vanities of vanities!  All things are vanity!  I remember Carroll Stuhlmueller saying that line.  It was when we were in the novitiate…

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Reflection on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eleanor Craig SL / July 24, 2022 /

Genesis 18:20-32  Colossians 2:12-14 Luke 11:1-13 Today’s readings are very familiar, and each is rich in multiple meanings and deep, compassionate reassurance. The most familiar reading, of course, is the…

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Reflection on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eileen Custy SL / July 17, 2022 /
Colorful Loretto Community banner shows a silhouetted family holding hands with the words "Danger?" above. A Gospel quote follows: "I was a stranger and you took me in," Matthew 25:35.

Recently, on CNN, I watched an interview with a man named Aaron Stark, who said that when he was in his late teens he could very easily become a mass…

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