December 21, the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, marked the day in the year with the least amount of sunlight, and the longest night of the year. It is no accident that the Winter Solstice occurs within the embrace of the Advent Season, in preparation and waiting for the birth of Jesus … Emmanuel … God with us.
Much has been made of this 2012 Winter Solstice. On Dec. 21, 2012 early in the morning, Earth was aligned with the center of the Milky Way galaxy for the first time in 26,000 years.
The scientific community agrees that at the center of every galaxy lies a black hole. Would our sun get swallowed up by a black hole as it crosses the center? If you are reading this blog post then it did not!
So what to make of this moment? Some persons are suggesting that it is perhaps a time of rebirth … a new beginning.
A time to bring an end to violence, and to begin to build new peace-filled relationships; to seek solutions to our differences through collaboration rather than competition; to share resources and make choices for the good of the whole of the human community.
As a way of entering together into this time of birth and rebirth, you are invited to join with the Sisters of Providence in the practice of praying the Litany of Non-Violence:
Provident God, aware of our own brokenness, we ask the gift of courage to identify how and where we are in need of conversion in order to live in solidarity with Earth and all creation.
Deliver us from the violence of superiority and disdain. Grant us the desire and the humility, to listen with special care to those whose experiences and attitudes are different from our own.
Deliver us from the violence of greed and privilege. Grant us the desire, and the will, to live simply so others may have their just share of Earth’s resources.
Deliver us from the silence that gives consent to abuse, war, and evil. Grant us the desire, and the courage, to risk speaking and acting for the common good.
Deliver us from the violence of irreverence, exploitation and control. Grant us the desire, and the strength, to act responsibly within the cycle of creation.
God of love, mercy and justice, acknowledging our complicity in those attitudes, actions, and words which perpetuate violence, we beg the grace of a non-violent heart.
Blessings of hope and peace!