July 7

Reflection

We humans are relational beings. We yearn to be loved, to be part of a community—a community of family, of friends, of the workplace, of the neighborhood.  As a human species we are essentially one and a part of an interconnected seamless web of life. We want to form bonds, to be accepted, to belong. Yet, so often this basic desire is blocked. Often we find ourselves living in distrust or conflict when we yearn to live in unity and peace. Our own insecurities and prejudices or those of others thwart our essential longing for relationship. When we learn to accept others in their strengths and fragilities, we may find that we gain the acceptance for which we long.

Prayer

O Holy Spirit, whose love fills the universe, help us to realize that we are loved.  Help us to extend that love to others and to foster bonds of unity, healing and relationship. Help us to turn outward and to embrace all creation with reverence and love.

Action

Try to reach out to others and try to meet them with a limitless acceptance that has no room for hatreds or enmity. Meditate on the reality that all is one.

Suggested Reading

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1

The social progress, order, security and peace of each country are necessarily connected with the social progress, order, security and peace of all other countries.
Pope John XXIII

As man draws nearer to the stars, why should he not also draw nearer to his neighbor?
Lyndon B. Johnson

May all live believing in the equality of all that lives.
May all beings be filled with joy and peace.
Let your love flow outward toward the universe,
A limitless love without hatred or enmity.
From Sutta Nyata
Buddha’s Discourse on Good Will

Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
Mahatma Gandhi

 Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods.
Denis Waitley

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.
Hugh Mackay

 If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

 It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.
Hermann Hesse

 When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.
Donald Miller

 

 

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