It is so easy to pick on immigrants from a majority white congressional district. It is so easy to blame “the other” when you’ve never sat down with someone “in opposition” to you and had an actual conversation. These are the challenges… and too often we are not up to these challenges. (And social media makes it SO much easier to stay in opposition without getting to know someone else of a different status or opinion.) What we don’t know, or WHO we don’t know, we fear. Then, we create hyped up scenarios to then generate hyped up solutions.Continue reading “We fear what we don’t know”
“Our busyness can blind us to other people or at least make us feel less guilty for turning the other way and walking past someone who needs help. When we create margin, we give ourselves the opportunity to notice and truly see people. The way we spend the margin we have affects the people being pushed to the margins themselves.” — Terence Lester, I See You
Sometimes, we want to be blind.
I lost a hero today. In the past couple of weeks the internet has exploded with grief over lost controversial figures and then poured out remembrances of great entertainers. Today I lost a hero of mine.Continue reading “The passing of a great mentor”
“When you choose to marry someone, you had better choose someone you’ll enjoy talking with for the rest of your life.” — David Brooks, The Second MountainContinue reading “She brings me joy”
“The main thing is never to get discouraged at the slowness of people or results. People may not be articulate or active, but even so, we do not ever know the result, or the effect on the souls. That is not for us to know. We can only go ahead and work with happiness at what God sends us to do.” — Dorothy Day, from The Reckless Way of Love
“Near the end of (Dorothy) Day’s life, Robert Coles asked her if she had any plans to write a memoir. She was a gorgeous and prolific writer, so it was a natural question to ask. She told Coles that she had once thought of doing that, and had pulled out a piece of paper and wrote ‘A Life Remembered.’ Then, ‘I just sat there and thought of our Lord, and his visit to us all those centuries ago, and I said to myself that my great luck was to have had Him on my mind for so long in my life’ She felt no need to write anything.
What must such peace and tranquility feel like?” — David Brooks, The Second Mountain
There are some great gospel songs and even singers who win with the gospel genre on “The Voice.” This lady took the show TO CHURCH this week!