Holy Heretic Daily Devotional: July 5-Be Still


Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Director Beth Foster

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

For activists, for those of us working day in and day out to change conditions and create a better world, most of our time is a blur or writing, phone calls, organizing, meetings, demonstrations. Rinse and repeat tomorrow. The next day. The next day.

We rarely stop to find out if the world we are seeking to create outside ourselves is the world we’ve already created in our own souls.

That is what this month’s focus is about. Be still. Know yourself. Know your purpose and find your path.

Thomas Merton said: “There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.”

Today’s Action: Go for a walk. Alone. Without headphones. Breathe deeply.

Sharing: We’d love to hear about your walk.

** Don’t forget your gratitude journal at the back of your print edition of Holy Heretic!

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