We live in a moment of grace

We live in a moment of grace. Through the hedges of our divisions we are beginning to glimpse again the beauty of life's oneness. We are beginning to hear ... the essential harmony that lies at the heart of the universe. And we are beginning to understand ... that we will be well to the extent that we move back into relationship with one another, whether as individuals and families or as nations and species. The time is right. The time is desperately right.

~ from A NEW HARMONY by John Philip Newell

February 2014 (Vol. XXVII, No. 2)

Greetings dear friends! Having recently returned from a trip to Israel and Istanbul, I find myself pondering how we nurture compassion within ourselves? What makes one choose gracious hospitality and open gestures of the heart? Bedouin camel herder, Palestinian shopkeeper, Hassidic father, Israeli soldier, Kurdish innkeeper —such a tapestry of religions, beliefs, ways of life, hopes, and fears. Whether we interact through simple kindness and respect or fear and antagonism depends on what we see in the other. Do we look with eyes of the heart to find our common humanity? Do we put relationships in the context of I–Thou or do we build walls and establish divides of right and wrong? Do we allow our eyes to meet and spark a connection or do we turn away? What inner work will help ignite the fire of love?

Compassion takes practice

Compassion takes practice to flow freely from the heart.

~ from LUMEN CHRISTI...HOLY WISDOM by Nan Merrill

Loving others for what they are

It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love others. The more solitary I am, the more affection I have for them. It is pure affection, and filled with reverence for the solitude of others. Solitude and silence teach me to love others for what they are, not for what they say.

~ Thomas Merton

Only small things

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.

~Mother Teresa

This is what our love is

This is what our love is —a sacred pattern of unbroken unity, sewn flawlessly, invisible inside all other images, thoughts, smells, and sounds.


Hold them in your heart

People are too heavy for you? Do not carry them on your shoulders, hold them in your heart.

~Dom Helder Camara

Be Kind

If you want to be a rebel, be kind.

~Pancho Ramos Stierle, from Bernie Siegel

The heart is like a garden

The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?


One God who teaches us to love

It has been well observed that though nations may differ from nations, communities from communities, and people from people, human nature is the same everywhere. As there is but one sun that warms and gives light to the earth, there is but one God who teaches us to love one another and care for each other.

~Sundar Singh
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