Seeing into Hearts Creates New Vision

Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent by Franciscan Sisters of Oldenburg Sr. Marge Wissman, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our March 13th newsletter

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In the readings for this Fourth Sunday of Lent we are challenged to see as Jesus sees – into the heart –  and we are challenged to live in the light.

In the first reading in which God passes over Saul and Jesse’s seven sons and chooses David (Jesse’s youngest son), God does so because God sees the potential within David’s heart. In the second reading, Paul lets the people know that it is time to awake from the darkness and live in the light.

In the Gospel, Jesus reveals himself as the “light of the world” by healing the blind man. When questioned by the Pharisees, Jesus answered,

“Neither he nor his parents sinned;

it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.

We have to do the works of the one who sent me while it is day.

Night is coming when no one can work.

While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Jesus sees into the blind man’s heart, knows his faith, and heals him despite the Pharisee’s objection that this should not be done on the Sabbath. No matter how hard the Pharisees try they cannot discredit Jesus in the eyes and heart of the healed man. The young man replies to their questions that the man who healed him is Jesus and that “He is a prophet.” 

The Pharisees cannot see the light, but the man healed can see the light. The man healed moves from physical to spiritual sight. His eyes were opened to the goodness of God when Jesus saw into his heart and chose to reveal himself as the “Son of Man.” 

When Jesus looks into our hearts, does he see the light of love? Do we recognize Jesus when he is revealed to us during the day? I heard a speaker once say we have seven experiences of God a day, but we miss most of them. During this Lenten season, the Franciscan Action Network is working to help us open our hearts with their Seeing Anew with Eyes of the Heart email campaign. Engage with others through the reflections and share how your heart is being opened to God. Like the once-blind man in the gospel, may our eyes and hearts be open and receptive! 

Sr. Marge Wissman, OSF

Franciscan Sisters of Oldenburg

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In Search of Living Water

Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent by the US Secular Franciscan Order Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation director Carolyn D. Townes, OFS

This reflection was originally posted in our March 6th newsletter

As we progress through our Lenten journey, the readings for the Third Sunday of Lent remind us that hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. What wonderful news in these times where we see so much violence, lack, and degradation.

The Samaritan woman at the well had hoped that one day her people would encounter the One who is to come, the One who will tell them everything. Her hope did not disappoint as she was speaking to the very One who told her everything she had done. Although this woman was an outcast in more ways than one, she was chosen to receive living water from the very One she and her people had been waiting for.

Of all the things we cannot live without, water is the most vital. Our bodies and our earth are made up of mostly water and we cannot survive without it. The Israelites grumbled to Moses because he brought them out into the desert where they had no water. Our bodies immediately feel it when we are thirsty. You know the feeling when you are thirsty and in need of a drink of water. Imagine those who have no water or no clean water to drink. Imagine not being able to turn on your faucet and experience the flow of clean water. Unfortunately, this is the situation in many parts of the world. It is equally unfortunate that although water is one of God’s precious resources, water has been commoditized and put out of reach for many people around the world.

The Samaritan woman went to the well in the middle of the day when it was the hottest because she was considered an outcast. Yet, she was not exempt from needing water. When Jesus promised her living water, she immediately accepted this invitation to not have to go to the well each day to draw water. Just as the woman at the well had the hope that she would receive Jesus’ living water, we too live in this hope.

This month marks the 30th anniversary of World Water Day, observed to raise awareness about the importance of water and to educate people about conserving it. Water is one of God’s precious resources and we need to understand that we have the power to waste it and the power to conserve it. Part of our daily examination should be to ask ourselves which one we are doing: Am I conserving this precious resource or am I wasting it?

Carolyn D. Townes, OFS

Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

US Secular Franciscan Order

Published in: on March 7, 2023 at 10:30 am  Comments (2)  

Up and Down the Mountain

Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent by Associate Director Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our February 27th newsletter

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The gospel passage for the second Sunday of Lent begins with Jesus leading his inner circle of disciples up the mountain and ends with all of them coming back down the mountain.  While on the mountain, the three disciples witness the transfiguration of Jesus, shining like the sun, conversing with Moses and Elijah, and they want to hold onto the moment by building three tents. But then comes a shadow and a voice telling them to listen to God’s beloved Son, striking fear in their hearts. The first words they hear from Jesus are “Do not be afraid.”

The gospel stirs questions: Why only these three disciples? Why the need to go up a mountain? Why the experience of seeing Jesus transfigured? How are the disciples changed? The more important question for us is, what is the relevance for us today? What are my mountaintop experiences, regardless of where they occurred? All of us have had experiences of feeling God’s presence, God’s nearness in a special way and we want to hold on to the moment. But we, too, have to come “down the mountain” from a special encounter with the Divine, back into the shifting, perplexing, disturbing, often frightening messiness of the world in which we live.

So did Francis of Assisi after he experienced special moments with God, with the Crucified Jesus, in the caves on Mount Subasio. He, too, came down the mountain, renewed in his commitment to walk in the footprints of Jesus with his fraternity, to care for lepers, preach peace, to be brother to all of creation.  

In our descent from “mountain” experiences, do we hear God’s voice saying to us, “This is my beloved Son…listen to him”? Can we also hear God say, “You, too, are my beloved; be light for others”? Too much to ask? Listen to Jesus say, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”

Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF

Associate Director

Published in: on February 28, 2023 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Fasting for Justice

Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent by FAN Creation Care Advocate Sr. Louise Lears, SC

This reflection was originally posted in our February 20th newsletter

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For many years, on the First Sunday of Lent, we have heard the story of Jesus fasting in the desert for forty days and forty nights. Jesus’s practice of fasting as a way to grow closer to God is rooted deeply in many religious and spiritual traditions. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for the entire month. Jews set aside Yom Kippur as a day of fasting for personal reflection on the past year. For Catholics, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence. Some tribes of Native Americans incorporate fasting as one of three core elements of a vision quest.

This year, I find myself pondering the words of Isaiah 58:6-12 about fasting. The prophet tells us that God chooses the fast that actively pursues justice. A true fast is about living lives of right relationship and fairness.

Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose:

releasing those bound unjustly,

untying the thongs of the yoke;

Setting free the oppressed,

breaking off every yoke?

Isaiah continues: the fasting that pleases God requires that we “share [our] bread with the hungry, bring the afflicted homeless into [our] house, and cloth the naked when [we] see them.” Millions of children in the United States are homeless and living, involuntarily, with food insecurity. Our fast calls us to address the unjust wages and under-funded federal programs that keep people homeless and hungry. A just fast challenges us to use wisely and equitably the resources that God has given us to feed and house everyone.

The fasting that God wants seeks to “remove the yoke from among you, the accusing finger, and malicious speech.” Our country seems beset by division, polarization, even dehumanization. The fast that God asks of us reaches across divides to work for peace and re-humanizing actions. This season of Lent presents the opportunity to follow, ever more deeply, Jesus’s example of fasting for God’s justice, trusting, as Isaiah says, that the “Lord will guide you always and satisfy your thirst in parched places.”

Sr. Louise Lears, SC

FAN Creation Care Advocacy

Published in: on February 21, 2023 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

What happens when good people work to right a wrong

by Janine Walsh, FAN Communications Coordinator

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In June of 2022, a woman named Adela contacted FAN about her brother who was an inmate at Thomson Penitentiary in Thomson, Illinois. She told us of some grave injustices that happened to him including being beaten by his cellmate so badly that a metal plate was implanted on his head with 23 screws to hold it in place. She wrote that the attempts made by her family to gain knowledge of her brother’s condition were met with discourteous answers at best or ignored altogether. After a second attack by his cellmate and multiple dehumanizing acts from prison guards and staff, her brother’s mental health had deteriorated from lack of sleep due to his fear, among other concerns, of being attacked. 

Adela wrote, “I have always held great respect and faith in our justice system. In this case, I am not asking for special treatment for my brother. I am asking that he be provided with his basic rights as a human being.” 

As a national advocacy organization, it was not clear what FAN could do. But a bit of research on the location of the prison showed that it was located just 10 miles from Clinton, Iowa where the Sisters of St. Francis community, an institutional member of FAN, is based. We forwarded the email to the Sisters and asked if they could think of any ways to help. Outraged that something like this was happening in their area, they did some local research, made some phone calls and sent some emails about the situation at Thompson. They discovered that Illinois Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, as well as Rep. Cheri Bustos, had called for a federal investigation into the prison.

Recently, the Clinton sisters shared with us an article from NPR that describes the closure of the prison’s Special Management Unit after frequent reports of violence and abuse.

This bit of progress is an example of the possible outcomes when networks of caring people work together as part of a broader coalition against injustices. 

Published in: on February 17, 2023 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Pray for those who persecute you

Reflection for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Director of Advocacy Sr. Maria Orlandini, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our February 13th newsletter

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In the readings this week for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus quotes the ancient law: “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” We know what that law meant: when someone takes something from you, you are to take the same thing from him or her. This law of retaliation was actually a sign of progress, since it prevented excessive retaliation. If someone harmed you, then you could repay him or her to the same degree; you could not do something worse. Ending the matter there, in a fair exchange, was a step forward.

But Jesus goes beyond this: “But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.” When I hear this, I find myself resisting and saying; but why Lord? If someone thinks badly of me, if someone hurts me, why can I not repay him or her with the same currency? But Jesus says “No, nonviolence. No act of violence.”

We might think that Jesus’ teaching is a part of a plan; in the end, the wicked will desist. But Jesus explains that is not why he asks us to love even those who do us harm. What, then, is the reason? It is that the Father, our God, continues to love everyone, even when his love is not reciprocated. God “makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” In the first reading, he tells us: “Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.” In other words: “Live like me, seek the things that I seek.” And that is precisely what Jesus did. He did not point a finger at those who wrongfully condemned him and put him to a cruel death, but opened his arms to them on the cross. And he forgave those who drove the nails into his wrists.

If we want to be disciples of Christ in this world, difficult as it is, if we want to call ourselves Christians and not in name only, love is the only way; there is no other.

Having been loved by God, we are called to love in return. Having been forgiven, we are called to forgive. Having been touched by love, we are called to love without waiting for others to love first. Having been saved graciously, we are called to seek no benefit from the good we do and we are invited to not stoop down to the level of those who offend us.

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” This is another Christian difference, a Christian innovation if you will, in the words of Jesus. Again, I ask myself: Is it really possible to forgive and even love our enemies in a world torn by war and terror, religious and ethnic prejudice, economic disparity and exploitation of the weak, not to mention the political divide we find ourselves witnessing and living with?

Jesus, with his limitless love, raises the bar of our humanity. In the end, we can ask ourselves: “Will we be able to make it? Let us tell ourselves that if the goal were impossible, the Lord would not have asked us to strive for it.  By our own effort, it is difficult to achieve, but St. Paul tells us: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” We need to cling to this truth because the measure of Jesus is love without measure. His commandment of love is not simply a challenge; it is the heart of the gospel.

We have a lot to ponder as we prepare ourselves in a few days to live once more the blessed time of Lent. What kind of conversion can we ask for? Maybe as we reflect and make resolutions we can look at the final verse in this week’s readings as our key, “be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew uses the Greek word “telos” which is probably better translated as “complete.” We are not to be perfect as in doing everything correctly, that is, as in being absolutely morally correct. We are to be perfect as in striving to reach the completeness we are called to in the Kingdom of God. Attempting to love our enemies is part of striving for that completeness.

Sr. Maria Orlandini, OSF

FAN Director of Advocacy

Published in: on February 14, 2023 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Embrace the Beauty in the Broken

Reflection for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Communications Coordinator, Janine Walsh

This reflection was originally posted in our February 6th newsletter

The Gospel readings for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time focus on the commandments and laws of Jesus’ time. In the first reading, Sirach reminds us of the choice we are given, saying, “If you choose you can keep the commandments,” and “if you trust in God,” then you will be saved. In the Gospel, Jesus revisits the commandments with his disciples, offering another way of thinking about them. Jesus does not condemn those who don’t follow the commandments. He recognizes that we as humans are not perfect beings. Instead, he gives us a lesson on humility by pointing out that we are all broken in some way. He urges us to understand the imperfection in ourselves, which allows us to reconcile with our broken brothers and sisters. If we want to follow Jesus, we must love each other despite our brokenness.

Saint Francis of Assisi realized that the more he let go of the things society deemed important, the more he could embrace the brokenness of the world. He recognized that material possessions were what prevented him from being able to love all things around him, so he gave them up. He saw beauty in the lepers, the outcasts of the world, those who were shunned by Assisi, while also embracing the beauty and brokenness of all of creation. Like Francis, we must give up the norms and visions of greatness that society has elevated and instead reach out to the outcasts as well as embrace the beauty in the broken. 

“Kintsugi,” also known as “kintsukuroi,” is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. What was once weak or disjointed becomes even stronger and more beautiful through these repairs. Think of all the beauty we could create by mending ourselves and others with the “gold” of God’s mercy and forgiveness. 

Our world is full of outcasts and people who are broken. Let us recognize that we too are broken and together let us strive to be a lifeline for those cast out by our communities, taking action to safeguard and support a more just and equitable society for all. 

Janine Walsh

FAN Communications Coordinator

Published in: on February 7, 2023 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Use Your Voice

Reflection for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Supporter Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF

This reflection was originally posted in our January 30th newsletter

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The readings this week for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time begin immediately with orders to be inclusive. Jesus calls us to be the salt of our society, to preserve what is good, true, and just in our society. In the first reading, Isaiah is clear on how to be light in the darkness: “share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless, and clothe the naked” (Is. 58:7) with a demonstration of Spirit and power (1 Cor. 2: 4). Each time we reach out to or speak up for those vulnerable and “othered” by society, our light shines before others, and we glorify our all-inclusive God. (Matt. 5:16)

“That Little Voice” is a short YouTube video which addresses that little voice within each of us that urges us to stay silent, usually out of fear or self-interest, when we hear or see another person or group “othered,” bullied, or excluded. The video emphasizes the importance of finding your voice and making it heard whenever we see another person made in God’s image and likeness being “othered” or subjected to any non-inclusive behavior.  

Use your voice. Be the salt of the earth. Let your voice be the light that shines in the darkness.

Each time we do not speak up against language or actions that classify people as outsiders, it becomes more acceptable for us and others to engage in those same biased behaviors. People are less likely to participate in “othering” when we use our voice and help make non-inclusive behavior socially unacceptable.

As followers of our all-inclusive Jesus, who spoke for those “othered” in his time – women, children, lepers, sinners, and tax collectors – our voice matters in today’s society. Our attempts to live the Gospel of Jesus have concrete social and political ramifications. We must be the voice, the salt that preserves the values of inclusivity, truth, the interconnectedness of all, and the light that illuminates the significance of the common good to our divisive society and world where individualism reigns. 

Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF

FAN Supporter

Published in: on January 31, 2023 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Called to Unite

Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time by FAN Director of Campaigns, Tobias Harkleroad

This reflection was originally posted on our January 23rd newsletter

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So many wise yet paradoxical words in the readings for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time!

I was speaking about this gospel with a group of high school juniors a few weeks ago and we took time to break down what the word blessed (beatitude) means. How can Jesus say: “Happy are those who mourn”? How can St. Paul tell us that God chooses the weak and lowly? How can the Psalmist praise the Lord and insist that God secures justice for the oppressed?

When we look around our own neighborhoods and around the world, we see oppression, hunger, poverty, violence and those most affected by these terrible things are the “weak” and the “lowly”. There are seemingly many reasons to mourn and to be unhappy! Yet, these readings speak of happiness and joy and promise that the Lord shall reign and bring happiness to those most in need.

We can be tempted to hear in the Beatitudes the promise of reward “in heaven” and to leave these promises in the Lord’s hands, but I think we must read the Beatitudes in their entirety and take into account the words of the Prophet Zephaniah: “I will leave in your midst a people who are humble and lowly” in concert with the words of Jesus specifically naming “those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness.”

Those who hunger and thirst for justice may be only a remnant, but they know that justice is possible and is the will of God. We are called to be part of that remnant that is filled with those who are poor and weak and who seek righteousness. We are in this together: the meek, the mourning, the captives, and the hungry, alongside those who observe the law of God and seek justice.

It is because of those who seek justice and obey the law in righteousness that the hungry will be fed and captives will be released. The Psalmist can shout joy to the Lord because he knows that those who follow God’s law must care for those in need.

We must see these readings as a whole; they must have integrity and they must inspire us to have solidarity. Weakness and poverty, injustice and captivity, these things separate and divide. But, if we love the law of God and we thirst for righteousness, then we must feel compelled to live the law and bring happiness to our brothers and sisters. We can find our happiness when we seek to bring happiness to those who are cast down by systems of injustice. We do not have to wait to be “in heaven.”

In hearing these words we are called to be paradox; we are called to unite the thirst for righteousness and justice with the needs of those who suffer and struggle. We are called to bring forth the reign of God by risking persecution and anger for the sake of righteousness and justice.

Tobias Harkleroad

FAN Director of Campaigns

Published in: on January 24, 2023 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Faith in Democracy Vigil Address

By Imam Dr. Talib M. Shareef, USAF-Retired

On January 5, 2023, Franciscan Action Network and Light4America hosted “Faith in Democracy Interfaith Vigil.” We invited various faith leaders from different traditions to pray with us for unity and hope in our country. The following reflection was offered by Imam Dr. Talib M. Shareef, USAF-Retired, President, Masjid Muhammad, The Nation’s Mosque.

We acknowledge, call upon & give praise and thanks to Almighty G-d, The Compassionate, The Merciful. The same G-d for all of us, Who created us all and cares about us all equally.   As-Salaam Alaykum, I extend the Greetings of G-d’s Peace to all as well as my gratitude to the organizers for the invitation and for creating this space for these unifying moments of prayer and reflection on the theme: Faith for Democracy.  Faith is the common property of every Human being regardless of label or religious Identity, and Faith is the strongest energy for the establishment of the life that G-d wants on earth. 

We have gathered here upon Faith, on this eve of the anniversary commemorating the day our nation and the world witnessed an insurrection by fellow American citizens, right here, at this U.S. Capitol. It was an attempt to stop a Constitutionally ordained process of free – fair elections and a peaceful transition of power.  We were shocked but not surprised by the violent assault that was launched on our democracy bringing America face-to-face w/itself.  In coming face-to-face with our own humanity as a nation, the social fabric of our society, we began to see the threads coming apart.

Nevertheless, let us not overlook that a major enabler giving life to the present situation was a suitable environment.  We, as a society, are a product of our environment. Before we can correct the problems of society, we must first correct the problems in ourselves. The Present inherits the Past.  As a nation, we have inherited and have been caught in the mistakes of the past that are rooted in the fact that Human Beings were enslaved, oppressed, gravely mistreated, and used as beasts of burden. The nation grew and progressed, but its action during its growing process did not agree with its Constitutional position that all men are created equal & that all men have a God-given right to freedom, to life, to liberty, & to the pursuit of happiness. This conflict in the growth eventually brought about the end of chattel slavery and millions were physically freed. That “freedom” was just a move further in the path towards the real thing that the life of freedom was trying to manifest in America. Physical freedom came but some did not have the Human Dignity of other people and were not recognized as equal citizens of the nation. This tells us that a significant number of people, they had not yet seen the values that they claimed to stand up for. Despite the beautifully worded constitution, human beings were still gravely mistreated. There remained a disposition that said, “Yes, we believe that black people should not be chained or denied their rights, but we do not like to see them share w/us in America as our equals.” 

The Reality is that we are all, equally, the children of Adam, when he was created on the 6th day, He didn’t have a racial identity … ethnic ID, nor national ID etc, those IDs came later – The 1st Identity – Adam’s 1st Identity given by Almighty G-d, The Creator, was human.  And from that ID came all the wonderful, beautiful, diverse expressions of Human life that have contributed to the beauty and strength of America.  The Human identity is the most important ID and it will always be strong enough to support all other identities. The truth is anytime a new baby is born we see Adam again, good, pure, innocent, obedient to the life and the nature it was created upon, loving & ready to receive love, etc.  The baby comes here upon UNIVERSALS – not conscious of themselves as a race, ethnicity, nationally, etc, only human, and speaks universally, loves, cries, laughs, and communicates the same.  The mother, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, etc, in a state of nature, she feeds that child right from the place where she wants to hold that new precious life, right by her heart.  A beautiful endearing powerful picture of love and compassion.  Love is a key ingredient to a healthy Human being, healthy relationships, and a healthy Human society.  Dr. King said, “…We must meet the forces of Hate with the Power of Love.”

If there was or is a time for unity & solidarity, the time is now.  The unity we are to have can only manifest when there is real Faith.  Real faith requires real work to realize it. We can never simply believe, we have to also build upon our beliefs.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: “You will never enter the garden of paradise unless you have Faith, and you will never have Faith until you practice loving one another.

Faith is first but there is a condition for Faith- Love, until we practice loving each other.  How can you say you love Allah, G-d, whom you can’t see and you don’t even even love your brother and sister whom you see daily.

When you practice loving one another you strengthen bonds and because your brother or sister sees / knows you love him/her – He/she believes in you and trusts you – Faith is not just a belief, it is also trust.  We say “In G-d we Trust” So…Prophet Muhammad said “No Trust, no Faith.”

In Islam we have to testify, a declaration called the Shahadah:  when we do that we are Saying our Faith is 1st in G-d  – then Faith in man.  It’s a requirement of G-d, that we have Faith in Him and in human beings. 

This is a time for us to brighten up our hopes and have faith not only in G-d but also faith in one another, in mankind and subsequently Faith in our Democracy

America began “In the name of G-d,” and We say, “one nation, under G-d” and “E Pluribus Unum”, one out of many (expressing the makeup of the U.S. populous), we’re a nation of nations. A country made up of people from every land.  We Choose our leaders and We need our leaders to be respectful and reflective of our reality and to live up to the responsibility that WE, the citizens of this country have entrusted to them. That is, provide good government for the people, by the people, and to protect the rights of all citizens.   For G-d’s sake!!!   Let us have a true democracy and truly treat all citizens equally as the creation of the Creator.  We are here as people of faith, united, extending an invitation for us to respect and embrace our shared Identity as humans and Americans, to stay the course, do your civic duty and to value our intrinsic nature to live together peacefully and intelligently.  We pray for our Creator’s help in sustaining our resilience, patience, strength, and inherent goodness as we turn towards each other as fellow citizens.  May our Creator be our bridge over troubled waters as we work to build bridges of peace over violence, Love over Hate, Faith over Fear, & Unity over Division. 

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

Published in: on January 14, 2023 at 11:01 am  Comments (1)