Conflict can drive us to fear and to acting as if God does not exist, but conflict can also drive us to our knees, to faith. In my experience, conflict can help me understand, like nothing else, my dependence on something beyond myself, and my interdependence with others—in short, my need for assistance from God and neighbor. In conflict, I learn to depend on the resources and power of the Spirit in new ways. Conflict opens me up to know God in fresh and powerful ways. The more I work with conflict the more I am aware that this is where God is most fully present.
—Thomas Porter, The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation: Creating a Culture of Justpeace (Upper Room Books, 2010)
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Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.
—Romans 8:26 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love.
(From the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis)
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