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Infinite Tolerance and Compassion – A Reflection

May 12, 2020

The longer we live in this limbo where COVID-19 has placed us the more we are challenged to live our lives in a way that offers hope to a world in crisis. We are called to offer hope where so many see only despair. We are called to offer light where others see only darkness. We are called to offer love where others see only hatred. We are called, in the words of Isaiah 58:12, to be repairers of the breach where others only want to build walls and armed fortresses.

The toxicity which I see far too often in the 24 hour news cycle and on social media can be overwhelming and depressing. However we are called to be bearers of the light. We are called to live differently than the world. We are called to be agents of mutual understanding and cooperation. In the words of St Francis of Assisi, we are called to be instruments of God’s peace in a broken world.

Thomas Merton, in a 1962 letter to Catherine de Hueck Doherty about living in the turbulent and difficult times they were experiencing. His words from 1962 are timeless and certainly apply to us in this day and age. How can we build for a future for us, for our children, and our children’s children? By building bridges instead of walls and reaching out in peace instead of with weapons of destruction.

I think what I need to learn is an almost infinite tolerance and compassion because negative thought gets nowhere. I am beginning to think that in our time we will correct almost nothing, and get almost nowhere: but if we can just prepare a compassionate and receptive soil for the future, we will have done a great work. I feel at least that this is the turn my own life ought to take. (The Hidden Ground of Love, p. 20)

That is my prayer for my own life and that is my prayer for you, dear reader. May we be instruments of peace and may we live out the call of Micah 6:8 by Doing Justice, Loving Kindness/Mercy, and Walking Humbly with God and with one another.

One Comment
  1. A high calling indeed, Michael, to be loving hope bearers, beacons of light and faith sharers to a hurting world in crisis. May God fully equip us to do just that, each in our own small way and circle of influence. Bless you, Brother. ❤

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