One day, Jesus said, “I do not call you servant, I call you friends.” You and I are on our life’s journey. We make new friends, meet old friends and we recognize that our friend, Jesus, is journeying with us. From all of these people, and whatever happens in our lives, we have an opportunity to learn.
"Compassion – Love – spirit of poverty and human warmth – respect for diversity – vision of the founders – attitude of learning." These are some of the ways that Maryknoll Affiliates in Guatemala named our spirit when I attended their meeting in Guatemala City on February 22.
I participated in a joint prayer service held today at the main Shinto Shrine in Kamakura, Japan. Twenty Shinto priests, 70 Buddhist monks and about ten Christian priests and ministers participated. Each tradition prayed, danced and sung in their own separate way but we all listened reverently and participated.
In my last blog post, we used a beautiful painting: "Water Is Life." We can tell you firsthand… it certainly is…in many ways! Recently we had a water crisis in our house. Now our house is probably not like your house… there are more than a hundred people who live and work in our three multi-floor buildings. Did I mention… we also have a care facility?
A young woman who started a self-help group after the suicide death of her mother was impressed by the Dalai Lama, whom she met in Japan’s northeast disaster area (Tohoku), when he shared how he personally coped with the death of so many of his Tibetan friends.
Not many housewives nor businessmen join in demonstrations: that is why I was happy to meet so many in our Albany group. We went in five buses and were there to plead with New York Governor Cuomo to stop any fracking* plans for New York State.
Christmas is such a special time isn’t it? For me, it is the one time of the year when I take the opportunity to look over what has happened and to share some of the highlights with each of you. It is always difficult to pick and choose. Fortunately with the age of e-mail, I don’t have to worry about the weight of several pages and the ensuing postage!
Blessed Advent time and Christmas to each one of you who walks this sometimes bizarre but always blessed path with me. May the “One who is to come” bring you peace!