Sunday, December 23, 2007

A Holiday Wish

The world is feverishly working to build the things of war,
The world is preparing destruction of a kind unknown before.
I hear much cursing of enemies, and arguments increase,
But oh, the world is longing, is yearning,
Is praying for peace--for peace!
Peace Pilgrim

Our lovely gentle hearted friend Carol is member of the Self-Realization Fellowship. Every year she sends us their beautiful engagement calendar. It's filled with stunning color photographs of natural scenes or animals, each one captioned with a quotation from Paramahansa Yagananda. Every page is a reminder of the beauty and value of the world we inhabit. I love just turning the pages and savoring and reflecting; and Mr S has saved many of the photos to use as starting points for writing projects with his sixth graders.

This year Carol included a wall calendar, too, the 2008 "Cat Lovers Against the Bomb Wall Calendar" from Nebraskans for Peace , and that is where the Peace Pilgrim quotation came from. Peace Pilgrim was a remarkable woman. Many years ago I had the privilege of hearing her speak, but to be honest, I hadn't thought of her in a long time. I was glad to be reminded.

So my holiday wish for myself and the world is hers and also that of St. Francis.

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy 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;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.


kmkat said...

What a treat to see Cat Lovers Against The Bomb in your blog! I have been tripping over the ad for that in the last few issues of The Nation; it catches my eye every time I flip through the magazine but I hadn't done anything about it yet. Maybe I need to order it. I only have 2 wall calendars for next year so far. Not nearly enough :)

What a lovely holiday wish.

gail said...

I love the prayer. If only I could live in true fulfillment of the prayer.

magnusmog said...

Wishing you peace and all good things

jeni x

YarnThrower said...

Amen! Merry Christmas!

MollyBeees said...

What a lovely post. I'm just getting to catch up! Fiddleheads are readily abundant in Maine! In my Mum's freezer! LOL!