October 27

Reflection

What we know and how we act need to catch up with each other. Our personal and corporate attitudes, dispositions of heart and movements of the will have yet to respond adequately to our growing sense of interdependence and relationality. We seem to know this truth at an intellectual level. But the shape of our personal and particularly our communal, societal life fails to reflect this vital, self-understanding. We will become who we are called to be as human persons, within a human community, within an eco-family, together — or we will all perish by our refusal. We have arrived at a critical, evolutionary phase in human consciousness. All life is seeking to evolve in us. Evolution has moved to human interiority.
Catherine T. Nerney, SSJ

Prayer

May my mind and heart be open to new understandings.

Action

Be willing to make choices based in a new understanding of the human relationship with the rest of creation. Be willing to let go of concepts that formerly shaped our attitudes and learn and adapt to a new consciousness of our place and responsibility in the family of life.

Suggested Readings

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
1 Cor 13-11

In Christ we see a maturity of love that flowers in self-sacrifice and forgiveness; a maturity of power that never swerves from the ideal of service; a maturity of goodness that overcomes every temptation, and, of course, we see the ultimate victory of life over death itself.
Vincent Nichols

One of the greatest indicators of our own spiritual maturity is revealed in how we respond to the weaknesses, the inexperience, and the potentially offensive actions of others.
David A. Bednar

How often I have found that we grow to maturity not by doing what we like, but by doing what we should. How true it is that not every ‘should’ is a compulsion, and not every ‘like’ is a high morality and true freedom.
Karl Rahner

I guess real maturity, which most of us never achieve, is when you realize that you’re not the center of the universe.
Katherine Paterson

As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery… we have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace. The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness.
Dalai Lama

We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think, and feel.
Marshall B. Rosenberg

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each man’s life a sorrow and a suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
Henry Longfellow

Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment based on what you are feeling and thinking. That is what’s real.
Doc Childre

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