A reminder, from a great human being

As partisanship and sectarianism overwhelm us, let's pray and then do better (from Capek's Flower Communion; "these" refers to flowers):

Infinite Spirit of Life, we ask your blessing on these, your messengers of fellowship and love. May they remind us, amid diversities of knowledge and of gifts, to be one in desire and affection, and devotion to your holy will. May they also remind us of the value of comradeship, of doing and sharing alike. May we cherish friendship as one of your most precious gifts. May we not let awareness of another's talents discourage us, or sully our relationship, but may we realize that, whatever we can do, great or small, the efforts of all of us are needed to do your work in this world.

Norbert Fabian Capek (modified for modern language; emphasis mine).

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