Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Imperfection

The Mystery within...
The violence and unrest in America’s cities, around the world, and the divisiveness within our country’s politics have me wondering about our progress toward compassion, mercy, and forgiveness—how we come to love one another.  Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation meditations this week reflect on the Spirituality of Imperfection.  His opening meditation ends with “We are all saved by pure grace, no exceptions. We must never live in such a way that grace is not needed hour by hour.”

I am quite aware that I have played a part in some of today’s unrest.  My husband and I purchased a lot in Milwaukee in the 1960’s to build our first home and paid a premium for it because it was within walking distance to the elementary school.   When our children were old enough, we wanted them to be able walk to school.  In the early 1970’s, when it became apparent that our very young children could be bused across town, we moved to the suburbs where they could still walk to school.  I have come to understand that our moving contributed to some of the monumental problems Milwaukee’s current residents face.  There is some grace in that understanding for I am sometimes overwhelmed with compassion for those who struggle for life’s basic needs.  It has also led me to want to welcome diverse people to my community where their children can walk to school.    


What if it is our own imperfections that lead us to accept and love one another?

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