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The Journey of a Thousand Miles...

As most will know, ours is not a preaching or teaching order.  Rather, our mission, our Apostolate, is to care for and serve others with the "others" we have chosen to serve being homeless men and women veterans of military service.  

There are times when it just seems right to do a little sharing.  How wonderful it would be for all mankind to wake up one day and realize that we are not separate, we are brothers and sisters, all of us..  And, with that realization to understand the responsibility we have toward one another.  A responsibility at the very core of the teachings of every prophet from Moses to the last apostle.  A responsibility at the core of every major religion on this planet.  A responsibility to care for one another.  To live a simple life, taking no more than is necessary for that simple life from your earnings and giving the rest to those below us. 

"May each of us be so fortunate as to be overtaken by God in the midst of little things. May we each be so blessed as to be finished off by God, swooping down from above or welling up from beneath, to extinguish the illusion of separateness that perpetuates our fears. May we, in having our illusory, separate self slain by God, be born into a new and true awareness of who we really are: one with God forever. May we continue on in this true awareness, seeing in each and every little thing we see the fullness of God’s presence in our lives. May we also be someone in whose presence others are better able to recognize God’s presence in their lives, so that they, too, might know the freedom of the children of God."

The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

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