On this National Day of Prayer, I am heartened by the idea that no matter our tradition or religion, we can all come together and acknowledge our yearning for harmony. For justice. For whatever need is in our hearts.
I love the quote from Mahatma Gandhi. It echoes one of the mainstays of my own Christian belief, one I have fallen back upon many times when I was at a loss for the “right” words:
“We don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” Romans 8:26, New Living Translation of The Bible
Even those of us who don’t believe in a deity surely feel there is a force for good in the world or in nature and can call on it today.
On November 6, 2013, at his General Audience at the Vatican, Pope Francis walks his talk once again.
I am always–always–grateful for signs that the entire world is not giving in to the dark grip of fear, oppression, and hatred as some of our news outlets would have us believe.
Today, that sign is a series of photos of Pope Francis comforting and kissing the head of man badly disfigured by a neurological disorder, neurofibromatosis, which may cause mental impairment, hearing and vision loss, other nerve damage, and a profusion of tumors.
The man’s face is largely hidden from view by the Pope’s embrace but you can see his scalp and neck are so riddled that the skin covering them appears bubbled.