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Nature’s Harsh Harmony

Contemplate all nature’s beauty
And embrace its darker side;
Life as sacrifice is ordered;
Sometimes life will be denied;
Celebrate with adoration
New growth after seeds have died.

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Wonder and Joy of Creation

On this beautiful harvest day
We celebrate the wonder and joy of creation
A beauty that brings sustenance, hope and healing to the human soul.

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God Seeds

Quoted from writings of Meister Eckhart

The seed of God is in us.
If you are an intelligent and hard-working farmer,
it will thrive and grow up into God,

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Quotes and Readings.

Mass

Written March 2, 1997

Take and eat: take and meet
This is my body: I am the bread
The bread of life, the bread of lives

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Meals

We eat with our friends, enjoying a meal
In fellowship sweet; it has great appeal;
The same was for Jesus; it was a strong sign
To demonstrate friendship — in bread and in wine.

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Prayer of the Farm Workers

Written by Cesar E. Chavez

Show me the suffering of the most miserable;
So I will know my people’s plight.
Free me to pray for others;
For you are present in every person.

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Topics: Food and Farming Justice and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe and Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

A Joyful Path, Year One, Lesson 1: The Nameless One, Who or What is God?

This lesson presents just a few ways to open discussion with children and help them explore both the concept of an infinite, omnipresent, impersonal God and also the concept of a deeply personal, divine presence. Neither can be completely understood by any form, expression, or outward experience.

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the world as she stands now

the world as she stands now
she was good at birth

her age
like cracks
in a foundation
spidering away
from crabgrass

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The Times We Live In

These can be favoured times when life has dignity,
When rule of law and human rights breed liberty;
If justice is pursued,
If truth is not subdued,
If we decide to live in peace and harmony.

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Song of Arising

Hearken, children, to the sound
A bird dives, screaming, to the ground
Rise out of the water!
Stand up from the water!
Children, children, rise!

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry, Peace and Justice, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

Swords into Ploughshares

We have a vision of the world not yet realised
All: Where they will beat their swords into ploughshares

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Kindred Spirits: A Collection by Carrie Newcomer- Music CD

Relating Kindred Spirits: A Collection, spirituality and songwriting, Newcomer writes “I am one of a growing number of people who don’t want to put the sacred in such a small container. I am disturbed that one very narrowly focused and extremely political brand of Christianity being called the ‘religious voice.’ There are wide communities of spiritual people who believe that walking this world in love and compassion is about feeding the hungry, providing for the poor or sick, caring for our elders, making sure that the table of love includes and welcomes everyone, educating our children and young people, honoring our beautiful and interconnected planet. These communities believe that women are equal spiritual beings, and that the highest and most honorable work is creating a less violent, more just and kind world. Isn’t a life of compassion bigger than a catch phrase or sound byte? Isn’t love wider and deeper than fear?” Speaking more to this point, she shares, “If a spiritual leader is teaching hate, it is not spiritual message, it is political message.”

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