"Somewhere each day we have to fall in love, with someone, something, some moment, event, phrase, word, or sight. Somehow each day we must allow the softening of the heart. Otherwise our hearts will move inevitably toward hardness. We will slowly become cynical without even knowing it—that's where too much of the world is trapped."
Somehow Mr. Rohr's comments today have triggered a reaction from me in regard to recent newscasts and editorials that I've watched or read. I'm not normally a political activist but the words pouring out today are doing just that......pouring
Am I trapped in cynicism? Do I believe that my grandchildren will not have the opportunities that I had as a young woman growing up in this world? It would be easy for me to succumb to the political naysayers, fear mongering finger wavers, if I chose to live in fear.
I do NOT choose to live in fear nor in naivete. I choose to believe that I am the one to speak out against fear, to speak out with optimism, to believe that not only MY children and grandchildren are exceptional but that all children and grandchildren of today are given opportunities (particularly in the USA) for success in their lives far beyond that of generations past. I believe they are up to the test of living and creating a world better than the one we currently live in. I believe they will continue to govern the United States in a thoughtful and relevant manner. I believe that the fear mongers , among them many politicians, candidates for office, and radio/television personalities, are evil in their attempt to gain power through lies and deceit. I do not believe they will triumph over the fullness of God's grace in the world. I choose to live in hope and I hope and pray that you do also.
Adapted from Radical Grace, Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr, p. 84, Day 92