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As a newspaper columnist, Nancy Devlin, Ph.D. has written over 700 articles on subjects related to education and parenting. Welcome to her Classroom!

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The present world-wide financial crisis could almost be counted as a blessing – that is if we understand and act appropriately to its message.  We are all connected.

We are all connected because we are all part of creation.  The creator’s love is unconditional and in the end, every part of creation experiences this love.  It just is – you don’t earn it.  You cannot accept or reject it, but you do experience it for all eternity. The creator does not judge creation.

Mankind’s journey on Earth can be either pleasant or not – it depends on mankind, not the creator.  The creator provided a beautiful world, but it is up to mankind to decide how to live in it.

So far, mankind is not doing very well, but we can change that by understanding the connection.  In this vein, there is no sin – you cannot offend the creator. There is one commandment – love your neighbor as yourself.  Man’s inhumanity to man is what makes this journey on earth so difficult.

As was said about Auschwitz – Where was God in all this suffering?  As Styron said, more accurately, Where was man?  As humans, we all need to bear responsibility for mankind’s suffering and also for its joys.

And we can rejoice in its joys

In ancient Egypt, the god of the After Life, Osiris, asks two questions:

  1. Did you bring joy?  And
  2. Did you experience joy?

How would you answer?  Think about it.  How do you parent your children?  What are you teaching them?  How to solve problems?  How to help one another?  How to spread joy?  At dinner, you might ask what joy did you find today rather than did you get an A and beat out the competition.

Let’s spread joy and love our neighbor as ourselves.

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred let me sow love.  Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is darkness, light.  And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console.

To be understood as to understand. To be loved as to love.

For it is giving that we receive—It is pardoning that we are pardoned.

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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