I keep my eyes and thoughts focus on one candle at a time reflecting the subtle meaning of each as it’s was being lit for the past four weeks. To make meaning out of them, I needed to know what … Continue reading
Love was definitely in the air yesterday. There was the look of love in people’s eyes. Men carrying a bouquet of flowers. Cars are running in slow motion giving pedestrians a chance to cross the street. I can’t believe that they are actually yielding to us. In turn, I gave them the peace sign instead of giving them the bird.
Valentine’s Day is now over. Yesterday’s red roses are dead. Some are feeling the effect of sugar crash from eating chocolates. I have none of these, but I still feel giddy about meeting people on the road and striking a conversation.
I meet a man on the street who lives two blocks away from me at The Poppy, a residential home for older folks. Still walking with the aid of a walker. I tell you, those walkers are the most significant invention for elderly as a means of their independence just to get around. He is so proud to say that he is 99 years old and can’t wait to reach his centennial year. He has two children. One of them came to visit him to celebrate her 73rd birthday. He proceeded to tell me that his wife died five years ago and they were married for 77 years. He’s happy having his children, grand, and great-great-grandchildren. He doesn’t appear to be that ancient. He seems to be in his 70’s.
We parted and wished me Happy St. Valentine’s Day.
It must be love that keeps him going.
To a disciple who was forever complaining about others the master said, “If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth.” ~ Anthony de Mello, SJ
MORSEL: The paradox of control is simple. The more we try to control life, the less control we have. ~ Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.
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The real meaning of peace is a calendar that has no Mondays! You wish! Peace out. Read all about it at: Morning story and Dilbert: the-real-meaning-of-peace
This list is precious and does not cost anything.
Source: Stolen from Santa‘s List: (I can’t remember.)
Please Read Important Notice
I posted “Extra Ordinary Bonds“ (EOB), the photo of a Sadhu and Monkey, taken by Sirish BC for National Geographic assignment “The Animals that We Love” recently. Subsequent to this, I posted “Is it love or we just see what we want to see?” another photo of a Sadhu taken by VJ Photography with his comments to EOB.
What made me do it, you asked? I did it out of respect for Sirish BC and because words get in the way. Sirish did not ask me to delete my post but he deleted his assignment at National Geographic. I want to support him.
It was based on his in reply to VJPhotograpy at EOB:
Sirish B.C. Jul 8, 9:50 am “Nanda, This was your observation as a tourist…but I don’t want to debate as I am not a very very very wise, intellectual and big shot like you, so deleted my picture on NG…”
I am aware that the photo of the Sadhu and the Monkey was shared to another form of social media and it was reblogged thousand times over, not enough to have gone viral.
By deleting the source, Sirish and mine, I am hoping the that we can maintain a spirit of peace and harmony in this celluloid word. I am asking you all who have shared this if you all can support Sirish BC by deleting it from your site.
Perpetua aka The Seeker
Differences including our abilities, appearance, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, colour, creed, ancestry, religion, physically challenge and mental faculty make each us unique and the world more interesting.
Sex and Gender is a bit confusing for me. These are the words I learnt at the school level:
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transvestite, Transsexual, Two-Spirit, Homosexual, Heterosexual, Straight, Heterosexism, Homophobia, Genderism, Sexual Orientation, Gender, Identity, Queer.
Working as a public servant, it is vital to accept people for what they are especially when children are involve and are in the process of self-discovery of their sexual orientation. Be respectful.
It’s not an easy topic for most people to discuss. I have no problem discussing it but I have to be mindful of other’s that are uncomfortable about this issue. Be sensitive.
It’s a different culture. Be tolerant.
One thing I find offensive is when young ones use derogatory remarks. Children are more prone to voicing it out because they have a little understanding. It’s just a matter of educating the children. Guide them.
They are humans, too, just like me. They have human needs. Be a friend.
“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that ,,,,, “
We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair.
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder.
Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!
“In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite.”
Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!” ― Charles Chaplin
Listening educates my mind and heart.
I must have listened to this video a hundred times. Watching the video distracts me from listening so I converted it to voice only. When I listen, I also like to jot down the words and I ended up transcribing the spoken words. The key words compassion, acceptance and tolerance are words that I will keep in my heart and put into practice.
Listen and prepare ourselves in educating our mind and hearts.
(click to listen)
When a child is born,
we do everything we can
to protect them, nurture them, love them.
A child’s heart and mind are fragile.
As they grow, we want to teach them everything we know.
We send them to school
to fill their minds with wonderful knowledge
to give them the tools they need for life.
At school they get a taste what things are like in a world outside.
There’s friendship, romance, disappointment,
embarrassment, discrimination and bullying.
They are the tools we give them enough to prepare them for this world.
We have an enormous responsible and an amazing opportunity.
If we truly want to prepare them for the world outside,
we must also educate the heart.
Because to navigate the world outside
with compassion, acceptance and tolerance
we need to teach them
compassion, acceptance and tolerance.
This can begin in our schools and it can start today.
It can happen at hockey practice, dance class
and day camps and music lessons
and it’s already happening around the world
with astonishing results.
If we want our children to grow
into socially and emotionally capable young people,
we must ask for a balanced education
and put importance on educating both the mind and the heart.
You can view the video here.
Pride? There is no pride when it comes to having a peaceful relationship. It’s easier for me to shallow my pride: it’s not fattening. I will be the first one to say I’m sorry in order to make peace even though I am very much aware that it’s not my fault nor it’s anyone’s fault. Pointing a finger does not help.
How many times do I have to apologize? Once, twice, thrice or maybe 7 times 7 as the good book says.
Word, ancient word I used now has meaning that is entirely different. What do I know about English definition? Can I not use the phrase “Are you happy and gay?” Gay is no longer a good word today, apparently not for it has offended the other person. The word “gay” has a negative connotation.
Apologize if I must, face to face. Follow it up in writing. “I apologize for making you feel awkward and I am sorry that it hurt you. What can I do to make you feel better?” Still that is not enough. Apology not accepted and I have to bring it to the light and tell the people who are in a position.
I feel condemned. I know the matter is not over and it will come back to me like a freight train. The train came; I jumped into it and pushed the brake as hard as I could. But the damage is done.
In the end, in front of the judges, I said “I forgive you for not being able to forgive me.”
“Come to terms quickly with your accuser while the two of you are on the way to court, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly, I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.” ~ Matthew 5. 17-37
Someone told me to read the lives of the saints to help me in times of dark night of the soul. Not just the saints but as well as people who had the courage to come back. These are ordinary people who managed to crawl out of their darkness with the help of others and divine intervention.
She was born in Sudan in 1869, kidnapped by Arab slave trades at age seven, sold and resold, suffered much trauma, abuse and brutality during her captivity that caused her to forget her own name. She was named Bakhita, meaning “the lucky one”. Life as a slave terrified her.Forgiveness:
“If I were to meet the slave merchants who kidnapped me, and even those who tortured me, I would kneel and kiss their hands. If what happened to me had never taken place, how could I have become a Christian and a religious?”
Eventually, in 1883 an Italian consul bought her, treated her kindly in his household, took her to Italy and was given as present to a wife of friend. When the new owner left for Africa to attend to business matters, she gave the Canossian Sisters of Venice custody of Bakhita. Here she found out that she is a free person and remained with the Sisters, became a nun and known as the “Black Mother.”
Bakhita, what a life story she had at a tender age. How does one get over the abuse she received as a child? With the help of others that cared about her and discovered that she has a new Master, her God, she recovered.
During the millennium year 2000, Pope Paul II canonized Josephine Bakhita.
Silence and less are good thoughts.
Think about this.
“How would spirituality help a man of the world like me?” said the businessman.
“It will help you have more,” said the Master.
“How?” “By teaching you to desire less.” — Anthony de Mello, SJ
MORSEL: After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box. –Italian Proverb
January Peace Challenge: Neuroscience of Peace
The way I have a party is to have an open house. The best place for it is here in WordPress. This will give every body a chance to come to the party. Peace requires no invitation. It’s a given. … Continue reading
Kozo of Bloggers4Peace wants us to give you a party. The challenge is to plan a party that will ripple peace to the world. Since I am a wallpaper when it comes to a party, I am asking for your assistance.
What I need from you is to leave a comment about peace, write a sentence or two and I will publicize your comments.
Here’s some food and drinks while you type your message.
For peace sake, thank you for your support.
Pax Tecum, seeker.
> Live one day at a time and make it a masterpiece.
> Treat others the way you want to be treated.
> Racism is a learned attitude
>Make a choice.
> Change your attitude. She is right. I cannot change the past and I can definitely change my attitude. Subsequently, I began to find my VOICE. Stand Up! Speak Up! By being silent I will suffer. That is why I have to speak out against intolerance, violence, disrespect, mendacity and any forms that will kill the soul of a human being. If I maintain this silent attitude and accept the inhumanity, then, I have just lost the purpose and meaning of life. That purpose comes from the heart connected to the mind. As much as possible, I leave little room for hatred and cultivate love. Love brings peace. A moment of Peace, a day of Peace, and never-ending Peace is what I strive for. If I tell myself who I am, words are not enough. I have to show you and I start with children. If I can only teach one child to become loving, forgiving, compassionate, kind and see the goodness of the world in the God of small things, then I have done my job. Hopefully, the child in turn will teach other children and this can have a ripple effect. I changed and keep the deep abiding Love of God based on my Catholic faith to love one another as He loves us. And this is Peace. Related Articles:
Prayer for peace on Earth
Let us pray then, with all fervour for this peace which our Divine redeemer came to bring us.
May he banish from the souls of all people whatever might endanger peace.
May he transform all people into witnesses of truth, justice and brotherly love.
May he illumine with his light the minds of rulers, so that, besides caring for the proper material welfare of their peoples, they may also guarantee them the fairest gift of peace.
Pacem in Terris
- How does the Lord want to transform me into a ‘witness’?
- Can I be open to this as I ponder God’s Word today?
As we long for peace we remember our brothers and sisters of all faiths – and none – who share our longings.
Prayer of St Francis of AssisiLord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred let me sow love.
Where there is injury; pardon.
Where there is doubt; faith.
Where there is despair; hope.
Where there is darkness; light.
Where there is sadness; joy. This sequence of prayer was offered in the early days of Sacred Space and has remained online since. There is always a call to us to pray for the world, bringing its changing needs before God.
- You are welcome to offer your thoughts on these prayers here.
- Sacred Space: A Hindu Prayer
- Sacred Space: A Sikh Prayer
- Sacred Space: A Jain Prayer
- Sacred Space: Jewish Prayer
- Sacred Space: Buddhist Prayer
- Sacred Space: Muslim Prayer
- Sacred Space: A Baha’i Prayer
- Sacred Space: Prayer of an 11 year old Indian boy
- September Peace Challenge: And I Quote: Blessings of Hope
Oh God, lead us from darkness to light.
Oh God, lead us from death to immortality.
Shanti (Peace), Shanti, Shanti unto all.
Oh Lord God almighty,
may there be peace in celestial regions.
May there be peace on earth.
May the waters be appeasing.
May herbs be wholesome,
and may trees and plants bring peace to all.
May all beneficent beings bring peace to us.
May thy peace itself bestow peace on all,
and may that peace come to me also.
Prayer for peace on Earth
Everyone who has joined the ranks of Christ must be a glowing point of light in the world, a nucleus of love, a leaven of the whole mass. He will be so in proportion to his degree of spiritual union with God.
Pacem in Terris
Prayer for peace on Earth
Blessed John XXIII was a man unafraid of the future. Moved by his trust in Providence, even in what seemed like a permanent situation of conflict, he did not hesitate to summon the leaders of his time to a new vision of the world.
Let us all resolve to have this same outlook: trust in the merciful and compassionate God who calls us to brotherhood, and confidence in the men and women of our time because, like those of every other time, they bear the image of God in their souls. (John Paul II).
As we long for peace we remember our brothers and sisters of all faiths – and none – who share our longings.Related Articles:
A Jain PrayerLead me from death to Life, from falsehood to Truth. Lead me from despair to Hope, from fear to Trust. Lead me from hate to Love, from war to Peace. Let Peace fill our heart, our world, our universe. – Satish Kumar
Prayer for peace on Earth
Pope John Paul II reflected on Blessed John XXIII’s Four Pillars of Peace:
» Truth will build peace if every individual sincerely acknowledges not only his rights, but also his own duties towards others.
» Justice will build peace if in practice everyone respects the rights of others and actually fulfils his duties towards them.
» Love will build peace if people feel the needs of others as their own and share what they have with others.
» Freedom will build peace and make it thrive if, in the choice of the means to that end, people act according to reason and assume responsibility for their own actions.Related Articles:
others and God,
regardless of what may be going on around us. One Minute Meditation by Franciscans May we be blessed with discomfort at easy answers,
half truths, and superficial relationships,
so that our lives have depth and vision. May we be blessed with anger at injustice
and exploitation of people,
so that we work for justice and peace. May we be blessed with tears to shed for those who suffer,
so that we reach out to comfort them,
to turn their pain into joy. May we be blessed with enough foolishness
to believe that we can make a difference in this world,
and do what others claim cannot be done. – Based on a Franciscan prayer Eva: The Aspirational Agnostic Soft as the voice of an angel,
Breathing a lesson unheard,
Hope with a gentle persuasion,
Whispers her comforting word. Wait till the darkness is over,
Wait till the tempest is done,
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow,
After the shower is gone. Whispering hope, oh how welcome thy voice
Making my heart in its sorrow rejoice. Seeker: Whispering Hope Related Articles:
- Seeker: Whispering Hope
- Eva: The Aspirational Agnostic
- One Minute Meditation by Franciscans
- Everyday Gurus: Monthly Peace Challenge Quote This
- Claudia: September Peace Post
Please take part on this moment of silence for world peace.
When you’re smiling
The whole world smiles with you
When you’re laughing
When you’re laughing
The sun comes shining through
But when you’re crying
You bring on the rain
So stop your sighing,
be happy again
Keep on smiling
‘Cause when you’re smiling
The whole world
smiles with you Related Links:
- MALALA`s SPEECH (allchildrenonegoal.wordpress.com)
- Monthly Peace Challenge: Peace begins with a letter
- Fish of Gold: Dear Universe
- Share everything.
- Play fair.
- Don’t hit people.
- Put things back where you found them.
- Clean up your own mess.
- Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
- Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
- Wash your hands before you eat.
- Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
- Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
- Take a nap every afternoon.
- When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
- Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
- Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
- And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.
Related link: Peace~ Kindergarten
Where ever I go,
home comes with me. ~~ 0 ~~ Birds are singing sweet and low
From the trees that gently grow
Soft and soothing breezes blow
On this lovely day. To the meadows there go I
To wander as the butterfly
How the flowers please me eyes
On this lovely day. I wish it could be always
Life is easy on such a day
I wish this peace on everyone
On this lovely day. On this lovely day
I wish this peace on everyone
On this lovely day. Song from Brother Sun, Sister Moon ~ Francis of Assisi While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart ~ Francis of Assisi
Sit back, relax, breath in and out and let the music sink into your being as you watch the following Art that depicts peace.
Children Learn What They Live
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight
If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive
If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy
If a child lives with jealousy, he learns to feel guilt
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident
If a child lives with praise, he learns to be appreciative
If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves
If a child lives with honesty, he learns what truth is
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice
If children live with recognition, they learn to have a goal
If children live with sharing, they learn to be generous
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself and those about him
If a child lives with friendliness, he learns the world is a nice place in which to live
Spread peace Peace by acting – summer4soul
Peace be with you. Seeker
U – Understanding
L – Learning
E – Education
S – Safety The school has a Code of Behaviour: Keeping our school safe, healthy, happy and a productive place to learn. These are basic rules that elementary students understand. It is a basic training on growing up as a future peacemaker. I remember when I was in elementary, we were taught Good Manners and Right Conduct in a public school. The title of the program is different from today’s education but in essence it’s the same principle. Since religion is not part of the curriculum in a public school, it teaches peace and compassion. Recently, I received an e-newsletter about children’s choir. I’ve asked for permission if it’s okay to share it. Request granted. In my own personal opinion, we have to teach peace early to our children. I don’t have any children. Megan, my little sister, was the only child I became closed to at the school and we had so much fun in our peaceful ways. Here’s the video of the children singing just one candle for peace. And here is my candle for everyone. What does it take to be peaceful articles: Love is the answer A call to service
Prophet summons us
Call to Service
For all mankind
Rejoicing in hope, patience and tribulation
Rejoicing in hope with patience even in times
of tribulation. With this in mind, I part you with a Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi. He was just a man whom the Prophet Called him to be of Service for All Mankind, always rejoicing the Glory of God. To listen to the melody play the YouTube. It was recorded at the birthplace of Francesco in Assisi. Italy. Related Links: Britannica.com: John F. Kennedy Biography of Francesco di Bernadone born on 1181 by Wikipedia Huffington post by: Bansi Kara – A Prayer for Teachers St. Francis, Friend of Muslim Sultan of Babylon Notes on Peace by Seeker Delicate minds about being Peacemakers World Peace Conference – Culture of Peace by Louise Diamond We Can Make A Difference-Right Here, Right Now by Kozo January Post for Peace by Grandmalin B4Peace – Love thy Neighbor by sarahneeve Peace be with you today and all days by Tracy Bloggers4Peace -Everyday Gurus
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. ~ John 14:27
In response to Daily Prompt: Ripped from the Headline: click here for details Related Articles / Links
Delicate minds about being Peacemakers
We Can Make A Difference-Right Here, Right Now by Kozo
January Post for Peace by Grandmalin
B4Peace – Love thy Neighbor by sarahneeve
Peace be with you today and all days by Tracy
Bloggers4Peace -Everyday Gurus
World Peace Conference – Culture of Peace by Louise Diamond