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Seeds of peace

Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, started the Green Belt Movement in Kenya. Women in this movement have planted more than 50 million trees. “People are fighting over water, over food,” Wangari Maathai once said. “We plant the seeds of peace.” I found this quote in Jeanette Winter’s book Wangari’s Trees […]

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Little bits of good

“Do your little bit of good where you are,” Archbishop Desmon Tutu once said. “It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” I found this quote in a book called The Way of Peace—Readings for a Harmonious Life compiled by editors Michael Leach, Doris Goodnough and Maria Angelini. –Joy

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The Way of Peace

The scenes on the TV screen from Ukraine are disturbing, haunting. What can I do? I found a book called The Way of Peace—Readings for a Harmonious Life compiled by editors Michael Leach, Doris Goodnough and Maria Angelini. It does not offer simple answers to complex problems, but there are glimpses of solutions for finding […]

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A simple universe?

“We yearn for the universe to be simple, to be one thing or another,” writes Lauren LeBlanc in The Boston Globe. “But it’s not. Its contradictory nature is integral to its abundance.”

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Count your blessings

A friend died. Another friend has to wait to pick up a new prescription until she gets a check next week. And a third friend has COVID and is afraid he will give the virus to his spouse. I am so tired of this pandemic, but I am counting my blessings. My issues are very […]

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Be peaceful

“Peace is not a passive, but an active, virtue,” the theologian Fulton J. Sheen once said.

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Peace in your heart

This is a quote written by “unknown.” Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

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Peace in a world of uncertainty

This is the wonder of the season, author Kate Bowler writes. “We were living lives turned inward, and the God shows up and invites us into something more. Peace in a world of uncertainty. Joy that breaks forth. Love that prepares the way. And hope that waits.”

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The spirit of Christmas

I am going to try to keep the spirit of Christmas—which is love—as long as I can—into the days of the new year. Love and joy and peace. As. D.H. Lawrence once said, “The night was past and the morning was come….Joy and peace made a flapping of wings in each heart.” –Joy

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Peace on earth

Peace on earth? Sometimes, often, it seems that there is little peace on earth. I can try, however, to create a pocket of peace and quiet around me during this busy, hurried, cluttered holiday season. –Joy

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