Seeing life as "EITHER us OR them" sets the stage for conflict and exclusion.
Seeing life as "BOTH us AND them" heals division and builds harmony.
We are a people of many faces, many races, many beliefs.
Our loving God connects us in a web of interwoven relationships.
It's time to see that parts are ALWAYS MORE than JUST PARTS.
Connecting parts creates new WHOLES, that can be greater than the parts.
When we join what seem to be just parts, we gain...WHOLE NEW ways of relating...
WHOLE NEW levels of consciousness...a WHOLE NEW way of BEING.
BOTH/AND living bridges our differences — connecting Right with Left,
linking Positive with Negative, reconciling Dark with Light, uniting Body and Spirit.
Whole-makers, like Pope Francis, invite us to join in...sharing our mutual belonging...
praising God by connecting...healing relationships with our Earth-family and Earth-home.
Gaining a global world-view through the eyes of International Space Station astronauts
enables us to see Earth as...an indivisible wholeness...one shared place...one home for us all.
Our living Biosphere depends on Earth's Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, and Geosphere.
Each sphere relates to the others. It's God's gift of life.
Our unity is so physical that we all are one body in Christ.
Through the Spirit of Christ, present in all humanity, we all are related.
The opposites in our lives are as natural as day and night, as right and left. But our polarized society is increasingly dividing us into opposing factions in ongoing battle. This reflection, inspired by Pope Francis, presents an alternative view that sees the opposites in our lives as complimentary realities meant to work together for the well-being of all.