Joel Shuler

Like many of you, I am pained by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and by much of the political dialogue that has followed. I am so weary of war and killing and pitting one group against another, of dividing the world into groups and stereotypes. It feels at times as if humanity is living in a universal spirit of anguish, like one writhing body in continual pain. Joy. I want to feel more joy, and more hope, and spread more love, especially at this special time of year.

The holidays are often thought of as a time of peace, a time when we remember that we are all brothers and sisters on this celestial ball, that we are all far more alike than we are different.

It is an important time to be reminded of this – that the path of love and peace is the only path forward.

To help us remember, I share a few words of wisdom from several champions of love, compassion, peace and understanding:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.”  Mahatma Gandhi

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”  Mother Teresa

During this special time of year, may we all pause to take in fleeting moments of joy, give and receive small blessings of love, and be still and listen to the gentle whisper of God that brings peace and understanding.

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