View our current action items...About our research organization...Review our articles or newsletter...See our members list...Purchase our video...Support Consistent Life with a purchase...Become a member...Our contact information...Visit web sites we recommend...[used for spacing only]Back to Home Page...
flower image

Sign up for our weekly Peace & Life Connections!

Email Marketing by VerticalResponse

Donate Button

Get clothing, buttons, bumper stickers, magnets, mugs and cards promoting a consistent life ethic at the CL Online Store

Search our site

Peace & Life Connections #288
November 27, 2015

Let us Give Thanks
288 pumpkin
How to Notice Blessings with Gratitude
When Countering Violence
Fred Rogers
        In an interview after hosting a long-running children’s show called “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,” Fred Rogers offered advice for how parents can help children cope with news of disasters. This has <1 href="" target="_blank">recently been applied to the events in Paris.
288 Rogers
        “My mother used to say, a long time ago, whenever there would be any catastrophe that was in the movies or on the air, she would say, 'Always look for the helpers.' There will always be helpers. Even just on the sidelines. That’s why I think that if news programs could make a conscious effort of showing rescue teams, of showing medical people, anybody who is coming into a place where there’s a tragedy, to be sure that they include that. Because if you look for the helpers, you'll know that there's hope."
Elie Wiesel
Speech on accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, 1986
            I express to you my deepest gratitude. No one is capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night. We know that every moment is a moment of grace, every hour an offering; not to share them would mean to betray them. Our lives no longer belong to us alone; they belong to all those who need us desperately.
Catherine Whitmire
Practicing Peace, 2007
            Bayard Rustin, chief organizer of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s March on Washington, D.C., once spent a weekend in New York City doing political canvassing . . . tall tenements loomed over narrow streets, filtering out most of the sunlight and darkening the debris-littered sidewalks. His canvassing partner for the weekend said that for the first hours or so he had a difficult time following Bayard because he was erratic in his canvassing . . . After a while, his canvassing partner recognized the pattern: Bayard walked only on the sunlit side of the street and lingered for a few moments on each corner where he took pleasure in lifting his face toward the sun. After observing Bayard finding enjoyment in difficult circumstances, his canvassing partner concluded that Bayard had the strength to survive the abuse and jail sentences he endured as a civil rights organizer, in large part because he so deeply cherished the gift of life.
Bayard Rustin with children 
Photo: Bayard Rustin in center, four children unidentified. From Wikimedia Commons
Previous Issue

Go to previous issue
Peace & Life Connections Main Page

Peace & Life Connections Index

Topical Index to Quotations
Next Issue

Go to next issue

To submit a possible item for Peace & Life Connections, or if you believe there is an error, please contact us at Peace & Life Connections.

home  |  action  |  research  |  our library  |  members  |  our video  |  products  |  join  |  contact us  |  our links
Copyright © Consistent Life, 2015. All rights reserved.
PO Box 9295, Silver Spring, MD 20916-9295, 1-866-444-7245,
Consistent Life Privacy Policy