The Dove’s call to be Instruments of Peace

Staff_Delony, LenAt church yesterday I mentioned the book Silent Compassion by Franciscan Father Richard Rohr, and invited anyone interested to join us at either or both of the next two Wednesday groups.

You can join us at either 10:30 am or 6:30 pm in Room 230 for a conversation about deep listening and silent compassion.

Come join us if you can. You don’t need to read any of the book (though I recommend chapter 1 if you have a chance.) But most importantly, just bring yourself (and a friend if you feel so called.)

AND right now, I want to share a very recent “Instruments of peace, God moment” discovery:

I was about to get in my car Sunday morning to drive to church, when I paused to play a few notes on my flute (Tom McDermott had asked me to bring it to play while a story was read in the 11:11 Service.) Several years ago I’d learned to respond to the calling of the mourning doves nearby, and this time a dove immediately responded to me. We carried on a conversation for several minutes. Then I realized I’d better get on my way to church. (I didn’t know how to sing “good-bye” on my flute, so I called my daughter on the phone while on the way to church and told her, if she saw a dove in the driveway, to tell it I would be back in about four hours . . . 😉

This morning, as I prepared to write this blog, I thought about that dove… And it reminded me of yet another of my favorite songs by Peter Mayer. So I googled it a few minutes ago, and discovered this wonderful video of the song, and an amazing web community following the call to be “instruments of peace” and inviting us to be a part of it.

I highly recommend that you take a few minutes to listen and watch these two linked below as part of your Lenten spiritual practice . . .

Grace and peace,


15 year old artist Fiona Orr on Peace (for Fiona’s story and that of others, click the podcast on the “Peaceofmymind” webpage).


Looking for the Dove by Peter Mayer


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