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Dear friends, 

Yesterday was the Feastday of St. Francis of Assisi.  To capture St. Francis’ love of creation, we will begin our Eucharist today with the Prayer of the Four Directions noting the beauty and inspiration that comes to us from each of the Four Directions. 

We will also take inspiration from Joan Chittister in her dreams of a New Humanity and her challenge to each of us to be seeds of love, of hope, of care for the earth in our world today.

Seeds of a New Humanity                   Joan Chittister

The mystic Julian of Norwich, holding an acorn in her hand in the fourteenth century said of it, “In this is all that is.” The Earth shakes at the thought of the simple truth of it.
 
In every seed is the gift of life to those seeking life, wanting life, denied the kind of life that is full of energy, full of hope. But the hope is a tenuous one, a sacred one, one to be treated with awe for fear of our own failure to protect it.
 
Seeds are the one thing that are the only genuine promise we have of the future. “Even if I knew the world would end tomorrow,” Martin Luther wrote, “I would plant an apple tree today.” It is an insight that defies despair, that promises new life in the midst of the old. It is a beacon that cries out for commitment in an age such as ours when the seeds of destruction among us—greed, power, and control—are in mortal struggle with the seeds of life...
 
But the problem is that we ourselves are all seeds, too. We are either seeds of universal love or seeds of exploitative racism. We are seeds of eternal hope or we are seeds of starving despair. We are seeds of a new humanity or we are the harbingers of humanity’s decay.
 
It is a choice. A conscious choice that depends on what we see in seeds and how we treat them and whose we think they are and what we will do to keep them free and available. Or not.
 
We are the seed of our own life to come and the life of the planet as well. Indeed, “In the seed is everything that is.”
 
–from Sacred Seed, a new book of essays from spiritual leaders around the globe on the sacredness of the natural seed. It was published by The Golden Sufi Center in partnership with the Global Peace Initiative of Women and Dr. Vandana Shiva and the Navdanya community.

 As a community, members and guests of The Spirit of Life, find support and hope in the journey through time and body to deepen our spiritual lives, and work together to transcend our limitations and grow in faith.  Our liturgies are not “cluttered’ with non-inclusive language and messages that discount the dignity of all people.  Rather, we are radically simple in embodying the “good news” of Jesus Christ... “uncluttered” by messages caught in the moral time warp so present in more traditional Catholic liturgies.  At the Spirit of life... the call of women to ordained priesthood is affirmed...the sacredness of all loving relationships is honored and celebrated, and  as Jesus did, we welcome ALL to the Table!    If you are seeking a Catholic community where you do not need to mentally/silently “insert” inclusive language into your prayer at Mass, or lament that your children are hearing non-loving messages about people whose sexual orientation is other than heterosexual, or feel that your “voice” is not heard.....we invite you to come and experience life in our community.  We are an inclusive and interactive community, where everyone has a “voice.”   We are truly a people of “Justice & Joy.”

 

Wishing you joy in the Mystery,

Please keep us in your prayers,

Ron & Jean