One-Minute Reflection: 1 John 3:11, 18 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #26)

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“For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: we should love one another. Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.” (1 John 3:11, 18).

Reflection:

Talk of unity is cheap when its foundation lacks charity.

One significant danger to unity is jealousy. Unhinged, envy produces wrath and depression, often harming oneself and others (Cf. Genesis 4:1-16).

God created us to love one another; let us do His will.

Today’s Intention:

O Lord, help us to bring unity to our nation through charitable deeds and truth.

Peace and Goodness

One-Minute Reflection: Proverbs 30:9 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #25)

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“The human heart plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.” (Proverbs 30:9)

Reflection:

We will derail our efforts for unity if we rely on our will alone, for we tend to do the things that please others. However, when we surrender to our Shepherd’s will, we seek to please Him, not men. We pray: “You are my only God, may I always do Your will.”

Today’s Intention:

O Lord, You are my Shepherd. May I not worship any other gods. Guide my plans for unity.

Peace and Goodness

One-Minute Reflection: Amos 3:4 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #24)

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“Do two journey together unless they have agreed?” (Amos 3:2)

Reflection: St. Valentine’s Day is a symbol of unity. A moment to acknowledge our love for one another. Love is not free from difficulties. On the contrary, trials are what strengthens love.

Christ taught us that lasting love requires devotion, compassion, and reconciliation. Without these virtues, love is like eating food without nutrients on which our body cannot survive, and neither can our relationships.

Today’s Intentions: O Lord, thanks for your example of love. May your love always be our life’s companion, especially during lonely moments. May it be a source of nourishment to bring agreement to our nation.

Peace and Goodness

One-Minute Reflection: Leviticus 19:18 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #23)

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“Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your own people. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” (Lv 19:18)

Reflection: We all suffer wrongdoing – actual or imagined – and we choose how we act upon it every day. Left to our own device, we respond to transgressions in kind. Jesus Christ, however, showed us a different way: forgiveness.

Today’s Intention: Lord, we are weak. Without your strength, we are vulnerable to the temptations caused by hurt. Please, give us the fortitude when experiencing unjust loss, wisdom to reflect on them before we act, and perseverance to seek unity before division.

Peace and Goodness