Photos by Nancy Bauer, OSB
Author: Sheila Rausch, OSB
Headlines in the daily paper shout to us of conflicts abounding in today’s world. Whether here or in remote sections of the globe, people don’t seem to be “getting along.” For most of these clashes, we feel helpless. We also tend to distinguish ourselves from “those people.” It will probably be difficult for us to think of those squabbling persons and groups as “our neighbors.” And yet, they are. We all inhabit the same earth, breathe the same more or less polluted air, worship the same Spirit, although under different names and in varied rituals. We all want the best for ourselves and our children. We all have fears and hopes, most of them amazingly similar. Thinking of these diverse persons as our neighbors puts a different spin on their behavior. They need our concern, whatever help is possible, and most of all, our prayers.