Dear Friends,

 We hope that you are safe and well.

 On this day, the Church celebrates the Birth of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. You may remember that I belonged to a religious community, The Society of Mary. In fact I took my vows in the community on this day in 1965. Today's meditation celebrates the Song of Mary, the Magnificat, a song of joy and gratitude celebrating her recognition that she (like each of us) is God's Beloved. This spirit has profoundly shaped my spirituality and this song passes it on to you.

We invite you to join us as we commit ourselves to working tirelessly to end systemic and structural racism in our society, in the church, in healthcare, in the workplace--wherever it shows up so that everyone may come to have more abundant life. May this meditation nourish our contemplative-active hearts and sustain all of us in action.

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 it is 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 find peace, healing, hope and the infusion of joy in your life!

With our love and care,

Ron and Jean

MEDITATION 772: Joy and Gratitude at being God's Beloved: Holy is Your Name