We do not exist for ourselves alone and it is only when we are convinced of this fact that we begin to love ourselves properly and thus also love others. What do I mean by loving ourselves properly? I mean, first of all, desiring to live, accepting life as a very great gift and a great good, not because of what it gives us, but because of what it enables us to give to others.
Lord, grant that I may not so much seek
To be understood as to understand
To be consoled as to console
To be loved as to love.
Francis of Assisi
How can I share my joy in the gift of life today?
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
Only when we have the courage to cross the road and look in one another’s eyes can we see there that we are children of the same God and members of the same human family.
Henri J. M. Nouwen
Everything that is in the heavens, on earth, and under the earth is penetrated with connectedness, penetrated with relatedness.
Hildegard of Bingen
Only the unity of all can bring the well-being of all.
The universe is composed of subjects to be communed with, not objects to be exploited. Everything has its own voice. Thunder and lightning and stars and planets, flowers, birds, animals, trees, ~~ all these have voices, and they constitute a community of existence that is profoundly related.