December Newsletter — Dec 19, 2012

What in the name of goodness will December 21, 2012 bring? Interpretations abound, from “business as usual” to apocalypse. So we take hold of a favorite word of Br. David Steindl-Rast: opportunity. What opportunity lies in having many people around the world focus together on this day as a turning point?

Our heartbroken response to the incomprehensible murders in Newtown, Connecticut speaks a story as old as the holidays we celebrate this season: We again face an opportunity to rise to the highest in ourselves, to draw forth from our hearts and minds the gems of character that we associate with the Holy: Compassion. Mercy. Courage. Gratitude. Steadfastness. Wisdom. Peace. Faith. Hope. Love.

We gently and painstakingly build these qualities in ourselves for the sake of our own integrity. We then extend them to each other and, in loving stewardship, to our mother Earth. As Noam Chomsky observed in Word for the Day earlier this week, "Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so."

Those of us listening to this message live all around this vast world. We cannot hold a candle vigil together in person, standing shoulder to shoulder in the cold with our small flames joining those of the stars. So we offer you our website candles to light for your intentions to live this day lovingly and well:

www.gratefulness.org/candles/enter.cfm?l=eng

Knowing that each day – even each moment – lived well leads to that better future, we invite you to join us for a course on Love that starts January 7th:

www.spiritualityandpractice.com/BrDavidChoosingtoLove

And we offer you this Solstice card, expressing our wishes for you this season:

www.gratefulness.org/ecards/view.cfm?e=2WG03W35

With Love,
Patricia and Margaret
for our Gratefulness Team

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