We begin our prayers and reflections in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen
Today is acknowledged as the United Nations International Day for Tolerance. The United Nations Year for Tolerance in 1995 led to the launching of a worldwide campaign for tolerance and non-violence. The Day for Tolerance grew out of the momentum of that year.
Today's reflection is about having openness towards those who are struggling to accept others and the gifts they can offer to everyone everywhere.
This prayer is adapted from a reflection by Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta:
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the
smallest people with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Give the world the best you have and you 'll get knocked down.
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
We remember and pray for Louis Riel and the Metis people this Louis Riel Day. Louis Riel is recognized as an advocate of justice for the Métis people. He helped lay the framework for minority rights and cultural co-operation in Canada. Riel was executed for being a persistent advocate for the rights of his people. Human rights and dignity for all will always need our attention and action.
We close our prayer today in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Spirit. Amen.