“Praise be to God that our efforts are sincere and that our hearts are turned to the Kingdom. Our greatest longing is that truth may be established in the world, and in this hope we draw near to one another in love and affection. Each and all are whole-hearted and selfless, willing to sacrifice all personal ambition to the grand ideal towards which they strive: Brotherly love and peace and union among men!”
peter (london, u.k.) left: A day of the fast spent exploring a city. Walking through the urban landscape at a fast pace, maneuvering between obstacles, finding the way, keeping a sense of direction and purpose, reflecting on a year coming to a close and another opening soon. Taking those steps, by feet and by mind, is so rewarding, especially during this potent period of each year.
elliott (ross creek, vic, australia) right: I feel that during the Fast, deeply-rooted tests of selfishness are mysteriously brought to the surface and lined up for me to struggle and do away with. It is, however such a blessing to be summoned to eat and pray together with family/friends in the early morning before setting out each day, as it emphasizes a commitment to unity before God and really helps disintegrate thoughts of self. I am reflecting in awe at how a single law reinforces unity by directly promoting basic togetherness in our daily lives.