Dear Friends,

We pray you are safe and well. 

Our hearts were outraged to see how George Floyd was brutalized by the four Minneapolis policemen. In disbelief we heard his pleading cry, "I can't breathe" go unresponded to--are we losing our humanity? We want to cry, "Never again!" as Pope Paul VI cried out against war. And yet this same scenario is repeated over and over and over and over again. How can we stretch our hearts to be as inclusive as God's heart--there is room for everyone--everyone is valued and cared for. Our hearts are saddened seeing all the protests go violent. In this spirit, today's reflection comes to us courtesy of Bruce Aguilar. His reflection on his own experience leads into this National Public Radio reflection on this ongoing problem of systemic racism and the way we treat people who are different from us.  May this meditation nourish your contemplative-active hearts!

In the spirit of our philosophy of co-creating community and our awareness that the Spirit speaks through each of us, we invite you to share your meditations with us as well. We truly believe that in God’s economy of abundance, when we share our blessings, our thoughts, our feelings, we are all made richer. We hope and pray that you and your loved ones experience genuine peace of mind and heart, and remain in good health during this challenging time.

May the Pentecost Season be a time of peace, of healing and hope, of the infusion of joy in your life!

With our love and care,

Ron & Jean

Meditation Fifty-nine:I want to share a question...

...asked by a Black American writer for Rolling Stone, about the “ever-green media story” of state-sanctioned killing.I remember my feelings, as a White man, working for Earthen Vessels, picking up kids in Roxbury and Dorchester soon after the video-tapes went public of Rodney King’s brutal beating by the LAPD in 1991.I wonder how you make sense of the videos that surface every now and then ever since?BruceListen to A Decade Of Watching Black People Die from Code Switch on Apple Podcasts.