June 17

Reflection

 There is a growing awareness that scientific and technological progress cannot be equated with the progress of humanity and history, a growing sense that the way to a better future lies elsewhere.
Laudato Si

 

From our earliest existence on this planet, God has enriched us with everything we need to live as full and joyful human beings. In our minds and spirits we have the power to reach out beyond ourselves. Through our senses we can experience the life and beauty of the world around us.  Pain is also a part of life, but we are meant to be happy, connected to God and to one another and 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 reflect on what we mean by “progress” and what we have lost that is rightfully ours.

Prayer

I will sing to God who is good, whose love is everlasting.
Psalm 100:5

Action

As I reflect on my daily life what causes for celebration do I overlook?  What do I accept as the “progress” ? How do I contribute to the dysfunctional norms of our time?

Suggested Reading

“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
Matthew 6:25 -34

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.
Albert Einstein

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.
Tony Robbins

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
Voltaire

Love life, engage in it, give it all you’ve got, love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.
Maya Angelou 

While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die – whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.
Gilda Radner

Unless we practice conservation, those who come after us will have to pay the price of misery, degradation, and failure for the progress and prosperity of our day.
Gifford Pinchot

Progress imposes not only new possibilities for the future but new restrictions.
Norbert Wiener

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
John F. Kennedy

 

 

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