August 8

Reflection

To follow Jesus means being led by the Spirit as he was led at every stage of his journey.  This involves a truly personal discernment but it is never an individualistic one.  The Spirit of God is always the spirit of community, communion with our human sisters and brothers and communion with the whole of creation.  It is not difficult to see the Spirit at work in the great movements of our times- the ecological movement, the movement seeking justice and peace above all for the poor of the earth, and the feminine movement seeking full equality for women.  In spite of all the human failure and sin that play a role in these movements, they are places where the Spirit of God is powerfully at work, calling us to our own part in these movements of liberation and hope.

                                          Denis Edwards

 Prayer

 Come O Spirit of wisdom and understanding, of knowledge and fortitude!

 Action

 Is my heart touched by any of these movements? 
Where can I put my efforts to help bring about God’s reign?

 Suggested Reading

 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. 
Acts 1:8

For the reign of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 14:17

But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.
Galatians 5:6

Gospel change is the Spirit of God using the story of God to make the beauty of God come alive in our hearts.
J.D. Greear

We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God.  

St. Francis De Sales

If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world, it will come through the expression of your own personality – that single spark of divinity that sets you off and makes you different from every other living creature.
Bruce Barton

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