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We are living in traumatic times that seem more unbelievable each day. At some moments it seems as if the world has gone crazy. In those moments I think of the wise and holy people alive on the planet who give me hope and calm my spirit. Here is a prayer from one of them, John Philip Newell, for the possible focus of peace for this day.

In the morning light, O God, may I glimpse again your image deep within me, the threads of eternal glory woven into the fabric of every man and woman. Again may I catch sight of the mystery of the human soul fashioned in your likeness, deeper than knowing, more enduring than time. And in glimpsing these threads of light amidst the weakness and distortions of my life, let me be recalled to the strength and beauty deep in my soul. Let me be recalled to the strength and beauty of your image in every living soul. (Celtic Benediction, p. 62)