Today begins the second half of the year 2016. Time has passed so quickly! It might be time to reflect on what we have lost that is rightfully ours. From our earliest existence, God has enriched our planet with everything we need to live as full and joyful human beings. Although pain is also a part of life, we are meant to be happy, connected to God and one another and able to celebrate life. It is something we seem to have forgotten as we developed into our present way of living. It might be time to remember that we have a consciousness that seeks more than material comfort and realizes there is a sphere of unity beyond the tangible. “Prayer does not use up artificial energy, burn any fossil fuel, doesn’t pollute. Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance.” (Margaret Mead) It might be time to reflect on what we mean by “progress”.
I will sing to God who is good, whose love is everlasting.
As I reflect on my daily life what causes for celebration do I overlook? What do I accept as the “norm”? How do I contribute to the dysfunctional norms of our time?
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet God feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will God not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?’ or “What shall we drink?’ or “What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For God knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
If you want to know the state of the collective consciousness, just look around at what is happening in the world.
We are searching, if not for answers, then at least for questions to help us live the life we want to live.
The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.
John Paul II
Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill.
We can pay the ecological debt by changing economic models, and by giving up luxury consumption, setting aside selfishness and individualism, and thinking about the people and the planet Earth.
Materialism is a weak flame that is blown out by the breath of mature thinking.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.
The current state of knowledge is a moment in history, changing just as rapidly as the state of knowledge in the past has ever changed and, in many instances, more rapidly.
If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.