September 22

Reflection

Unity refers to living in harmony with other people. It means working for a common cause with those around the globe who know that when one person gains, all gain, and when one fails, all fail. We are crafting unity when we build communities. Unity is about affirming commonalities. It can lead to actions demonstrating your solidarity with others. Without unity, there is little hope for compassion, justice, or peace.
Spirituality and Practice

 

Prayer

“That all may be one.”

Action

Where do you see walls that separate groups in our societies along economic, racial, ethnic, sexual, religious, or other lines? Where are there signs of unity and hope? How can you support unity in your sphere of life?

 

Suggested Reading

 

May all be one. Just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be one in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.
John 17:21

 

Only through transcendence can we find unity.
Bede Griffiths

 

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

 

We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.
Thomas Merton

 

I support you;
you support me.
I am in this world to offer you peace;
you are in this world to bring me joy.
Thich Nhat Hanh

 

I am part and parcel of the whole and cannot find God apart from the rest of humanity.
Mahatma Gandhi

 

Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God.
Sai Baba

 

What I’m not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period.
Stevie Wonder

 

The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tags: