The Christian life is not about doing what we have to do in order to be saved. It is about realizing that God loves us already and living in this relationship. It is about being intentional about a deepening relationship with the God in whom we live and have our being. Realizing that God is the One from whom all things have come, we begin to realize our connection with all others. Love and the desire to relate to all others in love become stronger than the fears and aversions that shape our attitudes and actions. We do not have an emotional love for all our “neighbors”, but we have a deep concern for their well-being, a desire that they be treated with justice and a respect for them, human and non-human, born of a realization of our relationship in the One who holds us in union. We long for a transformed people on a transformed earth filled with the Presence of God.
May we love one another as You have loved us.
How can the Christian life can transform us into more compassionate and just persons?
How will you try to change?
You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.
They that love not, do not know God; for God is love.
As for what concerns our relations with our fellow men, the anguish in our neighbor’s soul must break all precept. All that we do is a means to an end, but love is an end in itself, because God is love.
Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.
He alone loves the Creator perfectly who manifests a pure love for his neighbor.
If we are to use our tools in the service of fitting in on Earth, our basic relationship to nature–even the story we tell ourselves about who we are in the universe–has to change.
Janine M. Benyus
The world of life, of spontaneity, the world of dawn and sunset and starlight, the world of soil and sunshine, of meadow and woodland, of hickory and oak and maple and hemlock and pineland forests, of wildlife dwelling around us, of the river and its wellbeing–all of this [is] the integral community in which we live.