2016 marks the sixth year of The Vitruvian Man website (tVM blog). Our objective remains as constant as the North Star …
”To create a better world with better people.”
That is the only choice. There are no other options as we journey — or more often wander — upon our planet through our given time in this universe.
In 2015, the good fathers who preside over the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Picture Rocks Arizona gave us permission to record and post their daily homilies. You can find them as “Desert Reflections.” I have heard too many powerful words from these men, words that cry for broader exposure to allow them to go unheard. If their words reach just one more person each day because we promote them on this website, the we — through them — have made the world a better place to be.
Last year, we re-introduced the page we call “The Whisper.” The Whisper is a collection of quotes from men and women far wiser than I am who have shared their wisdom throughout the ages. I offer their words convinced that they can inspire our readers to pause and reflect on an important aspect of their lives that may be in need of a course correction.
Several authors I’ve read in 2015 — among them Caryll Houselander, John O’Donohue and Richard Rohr — have inspired me to look beyond the normalcy of the world, a normalcy too often defined by war and materialism, poverty and prejudice, and to seek the wonder and awe that surrounds me every day. Experiencing moments of awe and wonder take the edge off life, an edge created by humankind in its inattentive ignorance. Regardless of how we try to control and destroy our planet, we remain surrounded by its infinite beauty. In 2016, we will introduce a new page “Awe and Wonder” dedicated to those moments that lift us up to where we are intended to be. I encourage you to participate and share those moments of wonder than you encounter. They are here every day if we remain attentive to them.
Let us share a common prayer in 2016, a prayer that Pope Francis envelopes this Year of Mercy with. Let us practice forgiveness, and may forgiveness encircle our planet. May those who chose terrorism as their way of spirituality in the past come to learn in 2016 that Islam — like Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and all the other religions that we practice — is a spirituality of love, not hate. There is no value in hate, only in love.
“Prayer is the presence that holds harmony in the midst of chaos. Every time you pray, you add to the light and harmony of creation. If you do not pray, if you do not believe in prayer, then you are living off the prayers of other people.”
John O’Donohue, 1956 – 2008
Pray for Peace in 2016
We Are All Brothers and Sisters!
Be a Vitruvian Man, Be a Noble Person!
May your quest for Kalos Kagathos in 2016 be a rewarding one.