Little Words of Thanks

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday this week, I am thinking of the power of the two little words that we use at this time of year: Thank you. Of course, the English teacher in me got wondering about where those two little words originated, so I Googled the etymology and discovered that “thank” traces […]

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Maria’s Longer Table

I have had the fortunate experience these past two weeks to organize two International, “Melting Potlucks” for Maria College with one today. I am continuously amazed on how culture is lived in people. Language, religion, traditions, holidays and more differ across the world. However, regardless of one’s beliefs, language, or appearance, there is a shared […]

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60 Years of Mercy Education

On April 25, 1958 Maria College was founded. This year, Maria celebrates 60 years of Mercy education.

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Authenticity as a Holy Place: The Cleansing of the Temple

The Cleansing of the Temple story is always one which attracts a lot of questions, usually about Jesus’ anger. In exploring this reading with students I have frequently been asked, ‘did Jesus sin by getting angry?’ or, they express their shock that Jesus appears to be acting out of character, without just cause. But, there […]

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Mysterious Mountain Experience in the Midst of the Ordinary

As a lover of John’s gospel, I have always been intrigued why John chooses to omit the story of the transfiguration which is present in the synoptic tradition. It is a spectacular and mysterious encounter in which Jesus’ changed appearance brings fear and awe to his closest disciples who struggle to comprehend this divine moment. […]

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Temptation: Keeping our Mission in check!

This week the universal church heard Mark’s telling of the temptations of Jesus. For years I didn’t connect with this story, seeing Jesus as the God who could not authentically be tested. It was not until I started working in Mission Integration that I have reflected anew on this story, seeing authentic mission as the […]

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Sacred Spaces

There is something very beautiful about this spot in Madison, CT. I have returned to it often and have some cherished memories. I have seen many sunsets here, like the one I recently photographed. Sacred spaces have always been important in my spiritual journey. There have always been places which connect me to a deeper […]

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Mercy Week 2017 Reflection

I am writing this reflection as Mercy Week comes to an end. What a week! 190 years ago on September 24th, Catherine McAuley opened the first house of Mercy. It is hard to believe that Maria College stands in an almost 200 year tradition of mercifully reaching out to others. Catherine McAuley’s vision of empowering […]

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Home, Sweet Home!

“What’s your sign?” No, I am not using that old pick-up line. I am actually thinking about my zodiac sign which is Cancer (July birthday). Any description of the type of person a Cancer is always includes something about the home such as this statement from this website: “They are very emotional and sensitive, and […]

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Blessed Virgin Mary’s Nativity Feast

Today the Universal Church honors the Blessed Virgin Mary’s (BVM) Nativity. This feast dates back to the 5th century and marks the anniversary of the dedication of a basilica in Jerusalem which was built on the location of the home of St. Anne, the BVM’s mother. Maria is named after the BVM and so we […]

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