I’m going to go back to what I love during this Lenten Season…taking photos and highlighting the beauty in the everyday, the sacredness of all that is around us, and in doing so, finding God in his creation.

I’ll be using Diana Butler Bass’ Grounded: Forty Day Devotional as a guide. I hope you’ll join me on this 40 day journey back to Immanuel, God with us.

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“For far too long, religion has combined with nationalism or ethnicity to claim divine legitimacy for human conquests and crusades, a historical Gordian knot if ever there was one. In the twenty-first century, we can no longer live with this problem, for the knot will surely become a noose for the whole human race.” (Grounded, p. 242)

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This is a difficult and oftentimes incendiary topic. I feel that in this country especially, we have equated Christianity with patriotism, and I think more often than not, we elevate love of country to a place it was never meant to have. My thoughts on that are for another day.

In today’s reflection, Diana used the following quote and I think today, on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, that I will simply leave you with his words. . .

“We have inherited a large house, a great ‘world house’ in which we have to live together—black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Moslem and Hindu—a family unduly separated in ideas, culture, and interest, who because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace.”
(From Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967)

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Today’s Prayer:
“God,
You are the source of human dignity,
and it is in your image that we are created.
Pour out on us the spirit of love and compassion.
Enable us to reverence each person,
to reach out to anyone in need,
to value and appreciate those who differ from us,
to share the resources of our nation,
to receive the gifts offered to us
by people from other cultures.
Grant that we may always promote
the justice and acceptance
that ensures lasting peace and racial harmony.
Help us to remember that we are one world and one family.
Amen.”
(From the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council)