God’s image in us remains an ember waiting to burst into flame. We dwell in a universe of fractured relationships where the Spirit longs to breathe the Pentecost tongues of fire into full form. We are asked to see the others in our midst as they are, not as we expect or want them to be; dealing with differences is neither simple nor easy. Creation groans under the burdens we have placed upon it. Communion remains an unrealized ideal. We therefore know the imago Dei as promise and hope as we share the Spirit’s yearning for a world where the Earth and all its inhabitants will abide in reconciliation and justice…We take heart from knowing that just as every act of hatred weakens in some way the threads that bind us as one, so too every act of love strengthens the cosmos.
Kathleen Fischer, Loving Creation
Spirit of love, heal this earth.
Act in ways that will work toward appreciating and respecting differences. Be conscious of the fact you can harm or heal the whole fabric of life.
Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against another so as to profane the covenant of our ancestors?
So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Unity does not imply uniformity; it does not necessarily mean doing everything together or thinking in the same way. Nor does it signify a loss of identity. Unity in diversity is actually the opposite: it involves the joyful recognition and acceptance of the various gifts which the Holy Spirit gives to each one and the placing of these gifts at the service of all members of the Church. It means knowing how to listen, to accept differences, and having the freedom to think differently and express oneself with complete respect towards the other who is my brother or sister. Do not be afraid of differences!
While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.
I look out of this window and I think this is a cosmos, this is a huge creation, this is one small corner of it. The trees and birds and everything else and I’m part of it. I didn’t ask to be put here, I’ve been lucky in finding myself here.
As God has not made anything useless in this world, as all beings fulfill obligations or a role in the sublime drama of Creation, I cannot exempt from this duty, and small though it be, I too have a mission to fill, as for example: alleviating the sufferings of my fellowmen.
Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.
John F. Kennedy