Thought For The Week

'You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.' ~Swami Vivekananda

It would be great if there was a simple formula in our search for God. We are often unsure where to start and how to begin. Our searches are many, from our local church, attending Mass and saying prayers that vary from traditional to deeply personal. Some find that these simply are not for them and search elsewhere. These searches include finding God in the humdrum of daily life, music, reading, reflection, meditation, relaxation and so on. Whatever and wherever our search, it is good that we are searching.

This coming week marks a week of prayer for Christian Unity. It happens every year during the third week of January. The common link between different faiths and religions is that any connection with God can only be built, if we believe in ourselves first of all. This means believing in our own uniqueness, believing in our special gifts and talents, believing in how special we are and so much more. Believing in ourselves is something we can struggle at times with but it is probably one of the most important things we can do each day.

As we begin Christian Unity week it is good to know that there are so many overlaps and so much common ground. So much energy can be wasted trying to highlight differences and 'that we are better than you'. It is the same loving God we follow and during Christian Unity week we pray for guidance, direction, light and hope in everything we do.
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