Daily Prayer

July 4

Reflection We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.—  July 4, 1776 Our country was founded on the dream of liberty and freedom, equality and human rights. Over the course of our history…

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July 3

Reflection When you are interiorly free you call others to freedom whether you know it or not. Freedom attracts wherever it appears. A free man or a free woman creates a space where others feel safe and want to dwell. Our world is so full of conditions, demands, requirements, and obligations that we often wonder what is expected of us.…

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July 2

Reflection Steeped in our traditional belief system, we forget that the ancient writers of scripture interpreted their experience of God and creation from a patriarchal world view that still believed the earth was flat. The narratives they wrote were based on an understanding of the world they knew. Now we are living with a new understanding of our origins and…

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July 1

Reflection The reign of God was the central vision Jesus had for his own life and ministry.  It was the vision he hoped to pass on to those who would continue his work. “It is apparent that the new way of living Jesus had in mind was a “here-now” rather than a “here-after” vision.  Far from being a theoretical ideal…

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June 30

Reflection Freedom isn’t doing whatever you want. There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just.* Justice is all about strong, positive relationships between individual people and communities. Choices that show love for others — especially those who are most vulnerable — are instances of real freedom. On the other hand, choices rooted in a desire…

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June 29

Reflection We have become skilled at avoiding practically all interaction with those with whom we disagree…we have the ingredients for a culture polarized by the perception that we are good and virtuous, while they are inhuman and evil. The law professor John A. Powell…calls this “othering” and has shown that it leads to hatred and discrimination. But on the odd…

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June 28

Reflection   Whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward. Matthew 10:37-42 The significant acts in life happen when we help where we can. They happen in the daily interactions with others where we show compassion. They are in the…

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June 27

Reflection Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement…get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed. Abraham Joshua Heschel Prayer The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the…

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June 26

Reflection The prophet does more than denounce evil. Instead, prophetic spirituality envisions a world in which  justice and equality, peace and community are the norm rather than the struggle. It is the prophet of our time who leads the way to the development of an alternative vision of life by imagining a new normal. Today’s prophets prepare for the reconstruction…

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June 25

Reflection A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a…

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