February 3

Reflection

To follow Christ means to be moved as he was by injustice, to see through the ignorance and selfishness that have brought us to this moment, and to do all we can to work with those who are trying to bring us all to a new consciousness. The Spirit of God is always the Spirit of communion not only with our human sisters and brothers also with all creation. From this understanding is born love and compassion. We know the suffering of those we will never see. We are moved by the hunger of children, the suffering of those who flee war and brutality, the loneliness of those who are sick, aged or abandoned, the pain of animals who are harmed by our lack of reverence for them and threatened by our selfish use of what sustains them, and of Earth which we use and abuse. In our time, these are not only humanitarian issues, they are also political issues. Having come to a deep awareness that we are all one, we cannot view these things with indifference. We are called to live with an awareness of our emergence from the same Source and our kinship with all that is. .  

Prayer

Come Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth

Action

Reflect on the spiritual implications of “neighbor”. How can my perspectives and actions reflect a fuller understanding of the respect and compassion due to all life? How can I support or join those who work for a more just society?

Suggested Reading

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to God’s purpose.
Romans 8:26 – 28

 We cannot but be moved by the many refugees seeking minimally dignified living conditions, who not only fail to find hospitality, but often, tragically, perish in moving from place to place.
Pope Francis

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
Pope John XXIII

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Mother Teresa

While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.
Chinua Achebe

Our mission is bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on Planet Earth.
Awakening the Dreamer Initiative

The story of the universe is now being told…We begin to understand our human identity with all other modes of existence that constitute with us the single universe community. The one story includes us all. We are everyone cousins of one another. Every being is intimately present to and is influencing every other being.
Thomas Berry

The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God.
Sai Baba

The more a person becomes spiritually minded or advances towards
God, the more tolerant he becomes and the less differentiation he sees.
Meher Baba

The human being is part of the whole, called by us the ‘universe’,
a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his 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. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein

True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.
Daniel Goleman

The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
Arthur Schopenhauer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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