July 17

Reflection

That all may be one.
John 17:21

We use words as tools to divide reality; In reality we exist in relationship. Everything in the world is interconnected and is all part of the one entity, the Universe. “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.” (Thomas Berry).Yet, we use words that divide and separate. We act as if one species of humans is better than another. We believe we are Christians, yet we condone actions that are contrary to the teachings of Christ. It is time in this nation to take a long, hard look at what we are saying and doing.  It is time to look down the road and see where we are going.

Prayer

That all may be one.

Action

Examine yourself honestly. Do you see all others as equal to you and to those with whom you relate? On what do you base your standards of behavior? What threatens you about people who are different from yourself? What can you do to make things better?

Suggested Reading

That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
John 17:21

The Church without frontiers, Mother to all, spreads throughout the world a culture of acceptance and solidarity, in which no one is seen as useless, out of place, or disposable.
Pope Francis

The universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.
Thomas Berry

The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 You can’t have unity without diversity..
Richard Twiss 

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

Difference is of the essence of humanity. Difference is an accident of birth and it should therefore never be the source of hatred or conflict. The answer to difference is to respect it. Therein lies a most fundamental principle of peace: respect for diversity.
 John Hume

We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
Jimmy Carter

In times of division and strife, build bridges to the hearts of those clouded by anger, hurt, hatred, and ignorance, so you can help open and understand their minds and hearts, and they can understand yours.
Imania Margria

Bigotry and sexism destroy the unity needed for a nation to live.
DaShanne Stokes

We are equal, we re all Humans, we are all related in some way. It doesn’t matter what colour our skins is, our race, beliefs, gender, age, we are all equal. I say now is the right time to unite, if we do not unite soon something bads gonna happen.
Anon1467

Unity breeds progress and harmony, whereas divisiveness creates regress and disharmony.
Abhijit Naskar

If we all went back to where we came from, the only ones left on this continent would be the Native Americans.
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