Prayers for Paris and Our World

imageWe wake up today, collectively in shock and pain with the terrorist attacks in Paris, and a day earlier in Beirut. My heart aches with seeing such hatred and intolerance expressed so cruelly.

It is these times that become the test of our own humanity. Let us now choose – and continue to choose – to find love and tolerance in our hearts as our world struggles to find a way through this crisis.

Let not one drop of hatred define an ocean of humanity and love.

I share with you these poignant words by poet John Donne, which captures so well how I feel today:

“Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind”

Donne’s words were written as a meditation in 1624; the full verse follows:

NO MAN IS AN ISLAND

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

#prayingpeace #prayersforparis #prayersforourworld

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