In our nation and in our world we see division and disunity undermining attempts to achieve peace or to act for the common good. This is the opposite of the unity which enables us to live in harmony with other people. Unity means working for a common cause within our nation and with those around the globe. It is not about blind adherence by a group to political or religious opinions which fuel anger. It is about realizing that when one person gains we all gain, and when one suffers, we all suffer. Unity helps us learn to respect differences and celebrate diversity. It is about affirming commonalities. Unity requires good judgment, flexibility and respect. Every decision is not set in the rock of ideology. Without a perspective of openness and a desire for unity, there is little hope for compassion, justice, or peace.
That all may be one.
What simple day to day actions will help me to build unity in my sphere of relationships and beyond?
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”.
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us.
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
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.
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?
Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.
Hans Urs von Balthasar
The wise man belongs to all countries, for the home of a great soul is the whole world
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.
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.
You don’t get unity by ignoring the questions that have to be faced.
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