In These Times . . .

“there may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – elie wiesel

oppression is not beyond us.  yes, as elie wiesel says, there are many injustices we can never prevent.  but we can always, always, always try.  we can protest, use our voices, vote with our feet, allow ourselves to feel others pain instead of ignoring it, refuse to distance ourselves from the plight of the afflicted, fight the tide of indifference. ” -Kathy Escobar

A Litany For Peace

Thich Nhat Hanh

As we are together praying for Peace, let us be truly with each other.
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Let us pay attention to our breathing.
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Let us be relaxed in our bodies and our minds.
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Let us return to ourselves and become wholly ourselves.
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Let us be aware of the Source of Being common to us all and to all that is.
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Evoking the presence of the Great Compassion, let us fill our hearts with our own compassion—towards ourselves and toward all living beings.
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Let us pray that all living beings realize that they are all nourished from the same Source of Life.
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Let us pray that we ourselves cease to be the cause of needless suffering.
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Let us pray that we may live in a way which will not needlessly deprive other living beings of air, water, food, shelter, or the chance to live in health.
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With reverence for Life and with awareness of the sufferings that are going on around us, let us pray for the establishment of peace in our hearts and on earth.