In his book, “The Nonviolent Life,” John Dear reminds me that “being a person of nonviolence means, first of all, being nonviolent to ourselves.” He claims that we forget that, at our very core, we are daughters and sons of an all peaceful and loving God. When Jesus is telling me to love my neighbor as myself He is presuming that I love myself; that I care for, nurture and recognize the beloved child of God that I am. Considering the plight of the world that we witness daily on a 24-hour news cycle, I don’t believe that all the Christmas lights in the world can dispel the darkness we impose upon each other. I pray to recognize the Christ in me so that I may see the Christ in you. Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.