The Interfaith Peace Project is pleased to offer you a reflection for each day of Interfaith Harmony Week, February 1-7.
Love and Compassion
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humanity will not find peace.”Albert Sweitzer+++++
“Thought cannot avoid the ethical or reverence and love for All life. It will abandon the old confined systems of ethics and be forced to recognize the ethics that knows no bounds. But on the other hand, those who believe in love for all creation must realize clearly the difficulties involved in the problem of a boundless ethic and must be resolved not to veil from humankind the conflicts this ethic will involve us, but allow us the reality to experience them. To think out every implication the ethic of love for all of creation this is the difficult task which confronts our age.”
that those who come within my view
find a cordial, kindly reception
written upon my facial landscape
that those who come filled with distress
will experience my attentive presence,
ready to listen without distraction.
that those who lack society’s support
will receive my nonjudgmental gaze,
a look of unbiased, heartfelt welcome.
that those who come laden with burdens
will be able to set things down for a while
and that the load is lightened when they leave.
that those who feel overwhelmed with suffering
will sense my empathic response,
one that forgoes a desire to fix the hurt,
that those whose voice is not heard
will be empowered and supported
by my determined, vocal stand for justice.
that those whose life could benefit
from my presence and my actions
will be assisted by my humble offering.
that those who long for companionship
will see that I walk beside them,
shining in my soul will recognize and
receive the Light shining in others,
that together we will care for creation
with respect and have gratitude for all that exists.
No hands, no feet on earth but yours.Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.Yours are the feet with which he walks
to do good.Yours are the hands through which he blesses
all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
Teresa of Avila
fear, confusion, and anguish.
to weep with those in tears.
and powerless with the powerless.
of being human.