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October-International day of Non-Violence

John 14:27 New International Version (NIV)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Reflection: Stephanie Beech

The 2nd of October is the International day of Non-Violence which also commemorates the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi who is often said to be the father of India. Gandhi led the successful campaign for the independence of India from British rule through peaceful protests.

I remember learning about Gandhi’s life when I visited India some years ago. I was struck by his simple living. Despite being a political leader, he chose to wear the traditional loincloth as a symbol of identification with the poor with whom he walked alongside. He encouraged people to spin their own clothes and had a vision that every Indian citizen would be self-sufficient by spinning their own clothes which would lead to economic independence from Britain. The spinning wheel thus became the symbol on the flag of independent India in 1947.

I believe that we can all learn from Gandhi’s simple and non-violent style of living and leading.

Prayer: St Terese of Lisieux

“May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.”