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Spiritual Reflections

These are reflections given by Loretto members at a variety of services.

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 /
brown wooden door close up photography

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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Reflection on the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Kathy Wright SL / July 10, 2022 /

We see the long pattern of human behavior and the even longer pattern of God’s invitation in today’s readings. Starting with the Book of Deuteronomy, which was written 700 years…

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Reflection on the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Mary Swain SL / July 3, 2022 /
A road passes between two pillars built of stones and goes off to the horizon.

Last Sunday and now this Sunday we have been reading from chapters 9 and 10 of Luke’s Gospel.  Jesus is aware that his days are numbered. He is heading toward…

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Reflection on the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Johanna Brian SL / June 26, 2022 /
A gravel road leads through a field into a woods.

Today, as we try to adjust to the ongoing presence of Covid, there are many uncertainties. One thing, however, seems to be abundantly clear: People are ready to move on…

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