Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Father Leo’s Daily Meditation

ACCEPTANCE


“The man who has become a thinking being feels a compulsion to give to every creature the same reverence for life that he gives to his own.”

– Albert Schweitzer

Today I accept people. Even the people with who I do not agree, I accept. My freedom is dependent upon my attitude towards others. My respect is rooted in the respect I give to others. God is to be found in my neighbor!

Nowhere is this more true for me as a religious person than in my attitude to people of other creeds — and those who have none! The spiritual life that unites me to God and the world requires not only acceptance of “difference” but my personal need for it.

But more than this; even those who hurt, abuse and destroy need to be accepted from within my spiritual self — because something of their life exists in mine. In this accepting love is the daily healing of my disease.

May my acceptance of the tyrant lead to the forgiveness of the self.
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