Just Reflecting

“Just Reflecting” features a variety of blogs and bloggers discussing various social justice topics that we encounter in our daily lives, whether it be within our communities or own families.


Fear vs. Freedom in Guantanamo

Blog by Associate Mary Beth Auletto, OPA
Blog by Associate Mary Beth Auletto, OPA

In support of our congregation’s membership in the “Win Without War” organization, I receive their email alerts (which, thankfully, are sent sparingly compared to a lot of organizations – but that’s a topic for another blog). At the end of February, the organization sent an email that asked us to write to our senators and representatives to support the closing of Guantanamo Bay, a US interrogation site in Cuba. This request challenged me. Weren’t the prisoners terrorists? I had heard there was talk of putting them in a prison somewhere in the United States. How would I feel if I lived in the community near that prison? Continue reading →

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Women’s History Month – Join the MARCH!

Noreen Malone, OP
Blog by Sr. Noreen Malone, OP

While the pun is intentional, the need of women cries out for a renewed response as we enter into this month of national attention to the history of women. The 2016 theme for National Women’s History Month is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” This theme seems especially essential as the presidential campaign also marches on! Continue reading →

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Moving From Indifference and Embracing Mercy

Maryann Lawlor, OP
Blog by Sr. Maryann Lawlor, OP

In this Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis we are called to take a step back and concretely meditate on how our perception of immigrants reflects the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus tells us: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

With this in mind the faces and stories of several immigrants come to mind: Continue reading →

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Learning Peace Through the Redwoods

Joanne Caniglia
Blog by Sr. Joanne Caniglia, OP

Blessed is the one that trusts in the Lord…. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes, its leaves are always green. It has not worries, in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
– Jeremiah 17:7-8

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Reflecting on the Paris Summit

Earth, our home and mother, is composed of subjects to be communed with, not objects to be exploited.

– Thomas Berry

Barbara Harrington, OP
Blog by Sr. Barbara Harrington, OP

TJ blinked his disbelief: “Water is not a resource?”

In response: “What do you love about the water here?” A spontaneous full-throated eruption from TJ’s band: “Frogs!” These kids love frogs. In the tip of each spring they rush upstream to where green frogs bask among the water irises. As the season warms, you’d find frogs leaping downstream, kids loping after them; some would whoosh over the waterfall into the pond; others would whoop in delight. Can you guess which group the frogs were in?

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