1. Nelson Mandela – its not so much his death, but his life that was impactful. But in death, his legacy seemed to take on more significance as a role model for forgiveness and leadership without tyranny. It is up to us to make sure his death was a spiritually significant event.
2. Military coup in Egypt. The Arab Spring was happening before this event and still continues into 2014 but the coup in Egypt was significant event in the middle of it all. The winds of change and revolt are blowing. What is true in the physical world is also in the spiritual world. Do you sense some spiritual unrest in yourself? Now may the time to break out.
3. Cloning. Biologists are able to clone human cells and make an artificial “twin”. The advancements in this area of science keep raising the question of what is morally acceptable in manipulating a new life. Does this advancement make you uneasy? Questions are often an impetus to new degrees of spiritual understanding. Be open to being enlightened.
4. Boston Marathon. Despite other older acts of terrorism similarly targeting innocent men, women, and children, this year’s tragedy is still this year’s event. The presence of evil in the world is a natural fact. We dare not ignore or get used to this. We should not just be concerned with our protection, but we are compelled to do acts of goodness, and fight harder for the side of spiritual well being in the world. Find a cause.
5. New Pope. Popes come and go and for those non-Catholics in the world, this figure head rarely seems any better or worse. True or not true, he is perceived as an outdated presence merely defending the image of Catholicism, rather than upholding its finer qualities or improving it in any way. The new Pope, however, seems to be doing that. Maybe the finer qualities of Judeo/Christian values will mean more to people because of him in 2014.