January 10

 Reflection

Christian holiness can no longer be considered a matter of individual and isolated acts of virtue.  It must also be seen as part of a great collaborative effort for spiritual and cultural renewal in society, to produce conditions in which all can work and enjoy the fruits of their labor in peace.
Thomas Merton

Prayer

May I understand that my life can be part of the unfolding reign of God.

Action

In what way can I act today to bring about a small positive change?

Suggested Reading

“Then Jesus asked, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches.”
Luke 13:18 -25

The serene, silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world, next to the might of the Spirit of God.
Blaise
Pascal

Living the truth in your heart without compromise brings kindness into the world. Attempts at kindness that compromise your heart cause only sadness.
Anonymous

The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.
Joanna Rogers Macy

The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated from this community is to become destitute in all that makes us human. To damage this community is to diminish our own existence.
Thomas Berry

Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is! Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand, that I may be like you. With your power only can I face the winds.
Black Elk

When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities.
The Dalai Lama

Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
Albert Einstein

 

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