Reflections – Contemplatio

Way of the Cross

Walking the Way of the Cross

Holy Week Reflection: Walking the Way of the Cross by David L. Coppola. First Published in Living With Christ, 2017.

creative eye

Poetry for the Soul

We invite you to see through the creative eyes of our poets! Poem by Sister Joan Dolores Willemse (d.1969)


Palm Sunday 2023

Passion (Palm) Sunday is the day on which we celebrate and remember Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. He was honored as a king while palm branches and olive branches were waved before him. The crowds were excited and shouted, “Hosanna!” How did we learn about this procession? Some research on the web …

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Reflections on the Annunciation by Pauline Blandina, OP

Feast of the Annunciation

Reflections on the Annunciation by Pauline Blandina, OP Mary, daughter of Anne and Joachim, was going about her daily routine when she became aware of a presence and of a request that was being made of her. Did she realize that this request through the Angel Gabriel was from God the Father?  Certainly, she was …

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St. Joseph

The Feast of St. Joseph

Happy Feast Day dear sisters and brothers, especially to Sr. Miriam Joseph on her first feast day in heaven! What can we say about this Patron of the Universal Church? We have a conundrum today because how did a carpenter from Nazareth rise to such an auspicious status? Especially one who could be described as …

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I Believe

“‘I do believe, Lord’, and he worshipped him.” John 9:38 I go to Mass on Sundays. I watch YouTube videos with sermons that examine Bible verses when I thirst for scripture. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning and right before I close my eyes is open my lavender-colored Bible …

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Feast of St. Patrick

There must be something about being green-just look around! But beyond the shamrocks and harps can we, using a slightly green lens, explore how Celtic Christianity Spirituality is echoed in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical? Doing some web searching I found a paper by Kevin Vaughn titled: The Imagination of Interconnection: Laudato Si’ and Celtic …

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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that prepares us to celebrate the Resurrection. Those attending mass on this day will have their foreheads marked with ashes as a sign of repentance.  Some might question us when they see the cross on our foreheads, “Did you remember to …

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St. Josephine Bakhita

St. Josephine Bakhita, Patron Saint of Freedom

Today, February 8, we commemorate the Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of freedom for persons victimized by human trafficking. At 7 years of age, she was kidnapped from her small village in the Darfur region of Sudan and sold into slavery. Like other slaves, Josephine was badly beaten, abused, and sold multiple …

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Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas, OP

Sometime last year I was surfing the internet and I came upon an article titled:  “A Thomistic Approach to the Moral Evils of Racism,” by Therese Scarpelli Cory, Associate Professor of Thomistic Studies at Notre Dame. The title interested me, and I scanned the article and put it away to read at a later time.   …

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