January 27

Reflection

Where does revelation come from these days? Not voices in the sky. Not snakes in the desert. Nor snakes in the garden.  Revelation comes quietly, in times of stillness, when one ponders how to be of use. Revelation comes at the intersection of compassion and the daily news. Revelation rises up in response to injustice—as it rose up in Moses, in Jesus, in Harriet Tubman, Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, and the ones who have stood up and spoken for the benefit of others. Revelation is in the air we breathe. It has never changed. It never will. It is always the same. Take care of each other. I am with you and in you.
Jan Phillips, No Ordinary Time

 Prayer

Where there is darkness, let me sow light.
Francis of Assisi

 Action

 Reflect on the words ” at the intersection of compassion and the daily news.”  What does this mean to you and for you?

Suggested Reading

 For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.
Luke 8:17

You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.
John 8:32

 A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order the continuous thread of revelation.
Eudora Welty

I believe enlightenment or revelation comes in daily life.
Paulo Coelho

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
Desmond Tutu

The response to war is to live like brothers and sisters. The response to injustice is to share. The response to despair is a limitless trust and hope. The response to prejudice and hatred is forgiveness. To work for community is to work for humanity. To work for peace is to work for a true political solution; it is to work for the Kingdom of God. It is to work to enable everyone to live and taste the secret joys of the human person united to the eternal.
Jean Vanier

A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.
Alan Alda

Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the whole of the universal self.
Arnold Toynbee

 

 

 

 

 

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