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PEACE Amidst Diversity

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Friday, April 22, 2016

peace coin

PEACE Amidst Diversity

I have come to an end—for now—of the personal definitions of PEACE. But, we all can continue to strive for PEACE.

Here in Morton Grove last Friday, I hosted a Peace Breakfast for religious leaders and government leaders from our Chicago suburb and the neighboring suburb of Niles. It was a great opportunity to come together, talk about our multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual community.

This was a natural outgrowth of my Pursuing PEACE Project. I wondered what I could do to encourage others to pursue peace, too. So, I thought of the Peace Breakfast. As I said, it was a success. Now, we can take the momentum we generated and put it to good use. Keep it going! Be open to all kinds of possibilities. Keep pursuing PEACE.

We all live in the same community. We have so much in common. Look forward with hope and expectancy. Expect hope and harmony!

Please, God, may it be so.

@chaplaineliza

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Possibilities for Soul, and for Life

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Sunday, June 21, 2015

whatever you do, be happy

Possibilities for Soul, and for Life

I loved this chapter. Absolutely loved every word. And, Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross was an amazing author and an even more amazing doctor.

However, her short few pages in this collection of essays, Handbook for the Soul, struck a chord deep within me. She brought up issue after issue, situation after situation, and drew excellent learning from these situations.

I’ll highlight two.

Dr. Kuebler-Ross spoke of a fork in the road. Yes, yes. Many authors have taken “the fort in the road” as a somber, serious think. This lady chooses to make her fork in the road a decision of positivity, hope and opportunity.

The second idea is also one of perception. The doctor’s AIDS patients said the last year of their lives was the richest and most full. Instead of flopping down in despair and giving up, these patients have taken an opportunity. According to Dr. Kuebler-Ross, “Sadly, it is only when tragedy strikes that most of us begin attending to the deeper aspects of life. It is only then that we attempt to go beyond surface concerns—what we look like, how much money we make, and so forth—to discover what’s really important.” [1]

Her call to make our personal relationship with our Souls a high priority? All important. Excellent suggestion. God willing, I will try to follow it.

@chaplaineliza

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[1] Handbook for the Soul, Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, editors. (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1995.), 132.