Just returned from a concert our chorale gave to the women of AAUW who’s mission this year is to publicize pay equity. I was shocked to hear that in 46 years women have only gained 17 cents on the dollar in pay equity with men despite the fact that equal pay for women was made into law under President Kennedy. At that rate, our granddaughters will not see pay equity in their working lifetime! Of course this dire news along with other bad economic news can throw us into turmoil. But this is the worldly perspective. There is another.

While we work hard for justice in stormy times or are the victims of injustice, we can also find freedom and equilibrium within. This profound prayer of The Little Flower, St. Therese restores my balance every time I read it:
"May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”
-- St. Therese