Saturday, December 04, 2004

Reason for Interfaith Prayers

I want to share with you all the longings of my heart to move beyond suspicion and fear among the various religions of the world. There is a mighty Force at work here and there and everywhere that we all canharness to bring salvation to all the peoples of theworld.

The Bahai Writings put this concept thusly: "There can be no doubt whatever that the peoples ofthe world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source and are subjects of one God."

I would like to send prayers from different religions perhaps once a week on Sunday to all of you. These prayers will be gleaned from the internet and alsofrom a little book copyrighted in 200l by Ted Brownstein: The Interfaith Prayer Book. Here is Mr.Brownstein's Foreword to his powerful book:

"The great faith traditions of mankind hold many ofthe same spiritual values: reverence for the Creator, appreciation of nature, respect for the sacredness of life, recognition of the need for personal and collective salvation and faith in divine governance over human affairs. Further, all promote the cultivation of virtues: love, kindness, honesty, humility, discipline and service (there are over 300 possibilities). Despite this foundation of shared beliefs, religious differences too often cause suspicion and animosity. Commonalities go unnoticed and misunderstanding prevails. The bridge to reconciliation is mutual understanding and respect. The more we know about other faiths, the more we shall see our commonalities. Nothing reveals the heart of a people more than prayer. And shared prayers from a variety of faith traditions has special potential. It can unite heartsin sacred acknowledgment of the mysteries of life and sacred values held in common."

Lead me from the unreal to the real,
Lead me from darkness to light,
Lead me from death to life,
From falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope,
From fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love,
From war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart,
Our world, our universe,
Peace, Peace, Peace.
-Mother Teresa, Adapted from Upanishads-"
Ask and you will receive.
Knock and the door will be opened unto you.
-Jesus Christ-
Seeker of Truth


Blogger siemprehaytiempo said... se quien tampoco entiendo mucho tu idioma..pero gracias por dejar un comentario en mi blogger...

Atentamente, Paula

December 15, 2004 at 3:30 PM  

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