January 12

Reflection

In our nation and in our world we see division and disunity undermining attempts at achieving peace or agreeing for the common good. Unity is not about blind adherence to political or religious opinions. It is about realizing that when one person gains we all gain, and when one suffers, we all suffer. To be united means to live in harmony with other people. It means working for a common cause within our nation and with those around the globe. Unity helps us learn to respect differences and celebrate diversity. It is about affirming commonalities. Unity requires good judgment, flexibility and respect. Every decision cannot be set in the rock of ideology with no interest in the common good. Otherwise, there is little hope for compassion, justice, or peace.

Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Francis of Assisi

Action

What simple day to day actions will help to build unity in your sphere of relationships and beyond? How can you be vigilant to hold public individuals accountable for the disunity and hatred their speeches and actions engender?

Suggested Reading

God spoke to the prophet Ezekiel and said they shall be one in my hand…They will be my people and I shall be their God”.
Ezekiel 37:15-28

That they all may be one; as thou are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us.
John 17:21

We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
Kofi Annan

We have the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary goodwill, a common global society blessed with a shared culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic, national and local diversities that enrich our lives.
Mahnaz Afkhami

When you’re finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you’re going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people?
Frank Borman, astronaut

Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.
Hans Urs von Balthasar

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

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

It is not our sexual preferences, the color of our skin, the language we speak, nor the religion we practice that creates friction, hatred and wars amongst in society. It is our words and the words of our leaders that can create that disparity.
Yehuda Berg

 The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks about the next election while the statesman think about the next generation.
James Freeman Clarke

The saddest part of the human race is we’re obsessed with this idea of ‘us and them,’ which is really a no-win situation, whether it’s racial, cultural, religious or political.
Dave Matthews

Nourished by prayer, supported by community and energized by ministry, we live and work to bring all into union with God and one another.
Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood,NY

 

 

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