January 10

 Reflection 

In a culture like ours where we celebrate individualism, we who are used to being independent and self-sufficient need to realize that we are also interdependent.  We need people who can broaden our vision of ways in which we can reach out to people in our community and be agents of healing in our world. We need those who can share and explain the message of Christ in the language of the 21st century; we need people with the gift of vision and courage to give hope to those who are struggling; we need people who are gifted with their hands and imagination to create words, pictures, and images that present a new understanding of the earth story in a real and tangible way; we need people who have the gift of compassion to reach out and identify with those in need. We need each other and our abilities and talents to renew our spiritual concepts in the light of our present knowledge. As a whole human community, we are gifted to serve. Our calling then is to live contemplatively and openly unafraid to make our contribution to “renewing the face of the earth”. 

Prayer

May I use my gifts for the good of all.

Action

What talent or gift do you have that can contribute to the healing of  this earth in your family, workplace, community, this country? Have you shared it? What can you do? Try to avoid spreading division.

Suggested Reading

Brothers and sisters:
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.

To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.
1 Coronthians 12:4-11

We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.
Mother Teresa

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
Margaret Mead

At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.
Friedrich Nietzsche 

One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal.
Henri Nouwen

The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.
Brian Tracy

I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.
 Ani DiFranco

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.
Stephen R. Covey

We have an historic opportunity for a great global healing and renewal. If we will accept the challenge of nonviolent activism with faith, courage, and determination, we can bring this great vision of a world united in peace and harmony from a distant ideal into glowing reality.
Coretta Scott King

Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done.
Starhawk

America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration.
Warren G. Harding

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