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"I'm only doing what the Holy Spirit tells me to do"

Thomas Whitley

I hope that you have heard of the atrocities going on in Nigeria. My guess, though, is that if you have heard about it you have heard a one-sided story. MetaCatholic has a great post that offers both sides of the issue. What has bothered me the most, though, is a quote that is included in this story from the Archbishop of Nigeria (a Christian):



When asked if those wearing name tags that read “Christian Association of Nigeria” had been sent to the Muslim part of Yelwa, the archbishop grinned. “No comment,” he said. “No Christian would pray for violence, but it would be utterly naive to sweep this issue of Islam under the carpet.” He went on, “I’m not out to combat anybody. I’m only doing what the Holy Spirit tells me to do. I’m living my faith, practicing and preaching that Jesus Christ is the one and only way to God, and they respect me for it. They know where we stand. I’ve said before: let no Muslim think they have the monopoly on violence.”

How many other “Christians” think they are just “doing what the Holy Spirit tells them to do” while reminding Muslims that “they have the monopoly on violence”?

This resonates today especially as we who (pseudo) follow the Christian calendar celebrated peace on this second Sunday of Advent.

Prayer for Peace

Thomas Whitley

This is the prayer I prayed this morning as the invocation for our service. I borrowed it from Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Oh God, All holy one,
You are our Mother and our Father
And we are your children.
Open our eyes and our hearts
So that we may be able to discern Your work
In the universe,
And be able to see your features in every one of Your children.
Help us to know that You have created us
Members of the same family
Your family, the human family.
Help us to beat our swords into plowshares
And our spears into pruning hooks
So that we may live in peace and harmony,
Wiping away the tears from the eyes of those
Who are less fortunate than ourselves.
And may we know war no more,
As we strive to be what You want us to be:
Your children.



Update: For more prayers on peace check this out.

Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2008Thanks to Doug Chaplin over at MetaCatholic for making me aware of this.Here is the description of this Advent calendar from the site:As we head into the traditional western Holiday Season, I’d like to present this Hubble Space Telescope imagery Advent Calendar. Every day, for the next 25 days, a new photo will be revealed here from the amazing Hubble Space Telescope. As I take this chance to share these images of our amazing Universe with you, I wish for a Happy Holiday to all those who will celebrate, and for Peace on Earth to everyone. - Alan (25 photos total - eventually)I hope this helps you give “glory to God in the highest” during this season of Advent.

Thomas Whitley



Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2008

Thanks to Doug Chaplin over at MetaCatholic for making me aware of this.

Here is the description of this Advent calendar from the site:

As we head into the traditional western Holiday Season, I’d like to present this Hubble Space Telescope imagery Advent Calendar. Every day, for the next 25 days, a new photo will be revealed here from the amazing Hubble Space Telescope. As I take this chance to share these images of our amazing Universe with you, I wish for a Happy Holiday to all those who will celebrate, and for Peace on Earth to everyone. - Alan (25 photos total - eventually)


I hope this helps you give “glory to God in the highest” during this season of Advent.