A child’s example

November 6, 2011

A few months ago, I gathered with over a hundred people in the high desert of New Mexico at the retreat centre of Casa del Sol to pray for peace. During the chants and prayers, which ranged from longings for reconciliation in our families to cries for what we are doing to the body of the earth, there was opportunity to place a twig in the fire at the heart of the courtyard as a symbol of prayer. An eleven-year-old boy was the first to step forward, and he said clearly for us all to hear, “People often feel that children don’t think about peace. But I want to be part of making peace in the world.” He then cast his twig into the flame.

– story recounted by John Philip Newell in Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation


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