February 3

Reflection

 

To follow Jesus means to be open to being led by the Spirit. This is a personal journey but never an isolated one. The Spirit of God is always the Spirit of communion with our human sisters and brothers and communion with the whole of creation. We are called to an awareness of our emergence from the same Source and kinship with all that is. From this is born love and compassion. We know the suffering of those we will never see, of the creatures who are harmed by our lack of reverence for them and threatened by our selfish use of what sustains them, and of the Earth which we use and abuse. To follow Jesus means to be moved as he was by injustice, to see through hypocrisy, and to do all we can to heal those it oppresses.

Prayer

Come Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

Action

Reflect on the spiritual implications of “neighbor”. How can I broaden my perspectives and actions toward a fuller understanding of the respect and compassion due to all life?

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

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

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

You don’t get unity by ignoring the questions that have to be faced.
Jay Weatherill

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