November 8

Reflection

The longing for love that is in each of us exists in the very nature of the universe. It is the movement of all creation toward union and relationship. If we could realize that what is such a deep need in each of us is also the same need in all beings, what a difference it would make in our fractured world. We would look at trees, animals and into the eyes of another with a different perspective. We would remember the oneness from which we all have come. Perhaps the reality of our unity could begin to replace the divisions we have created.

Prayer

God is love and they who abide in love abide in God and God in them
John 1: 4-16

Action

Reflect on this and then try to live in that context.

 Suggested Reading

We know that all creation has been groaning in labor pains until now.
Romans 8:22

The only force that has the power to truly bring together the apparent opposites in our lives and in our world is love.
J. Phillip Newell

The universe is an expression of love and everything in the universe is a means to love.
Simone Weil

Love is our most unifying and empowering common spiritual denominator. The more we ignore its potential to bring greater balance and deeper meaning to human existence, the more likely we are to continue to define history as one long inglorious record of man’s inhumanity to man.
Aberjhani

But there is only one thing that has power completely, and that is love. Because when a man loves, he seeks no power, and therefore he has power.
Alan Paton

Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.
Rabindranath Tagore

The universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.
Thomas Berry

Love all God’s creation, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of light. Love the animals, love the plants, love each separate thing. If thou love each thing thou wilt perceive the mystery of God in all; and when once thou perceive this, thou wilt thenceforward grow every day to a fuller understanding of it: until thou come at last to love the whole world with a love that will then be all-embracing and universal.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.
William Ralph Inge

When one has once fully entered the realm of love, the world – no matter how imperfect – becomes rich and beautiful, it consists solely of opportunities for love.
Soren Kierkegaard

But, on the other hand, every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe—a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.
Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

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