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With What Am I Willing to Struggle in 2016?

When we ask ourselves what kind of world we want to leave behind, we think in the first place of its general direction, its meaning and its values. Unless we struggle with these deeper issues, I do not believe that our concern for ecology will produce significant results.

– Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 160

Remains of ancient glaciers in Glacier National Park

Remains of ancient glaciers in Glacier National Park

Posted by opreach on December 27, 2015
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  1. 12/27/2015

    The world I would choose to leave behind is a
    world in which differences are settled peacefully
    by people who listen to one another and who
    work together for understanding. Violence, more
    often than not, has its roots in wrongs that have
    never been made right. In our own small way,
    we can aim to bring peace to those in our lives
    who have not been able to let go of words that
    have damaged and wounds that have not healed.
    We can endeavor to leave a world in which we
    have attempted to bring peace to those in need
    of peace and hope to those who no longer trust.
    We have no power to change the world in a big
    way, just in a very small way. We will first have
    to sort out all that is petty in our own lives if,
    hopefully, we can help bring peace into the
    world all of us will one day leave behind.

  2. 01/25/2016

    I would like to leave behind a world that knows music (harmony).
    We are all of sound mind.

    • 01/26/2016

      Thanks, Mary. Your comment causes me to reflect on the connection between a sound mind and music. Frankly, I don’t think I would enjoy life nearly as much without the harmony of beautiful music. Peace, Pat 😀


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