February 5

Reflection

The Spirit of God is always the Spirit of communion not only with our human sisters and brothers also with with the whole of creation. This is a personal journey but never an isolated one. We are called to an awareness of our emergence from the same Source and our kinship with all that is. From this understanding 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 Earth which we use and abuse. To follow Jesus 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.

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

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

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings…
Buddha

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

Man, do not pride yourself on your superiority to the animals, for they are without sin, while you, with all your greatness, you defile the earth wherever you appear and leave an ignoble trail behind you — and that is true, alas, for almost every one of us!
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

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