As we go through life, hopefully we learn to recognize the real but hidden nature of both good and evil. We begin to see that everything is broken and failing, weak and poor, and this can be discouraging until we learn to accept it. This is one of the tasks of maturity and if it is not mastered, a person can have an unhappy life trapped by idealism. If we remember that God dwells with us in our relationships, our churches, our homes and workplaces, we develop the freedom to love imperfect things. As Jesus said to a questioner, “God alone is good” (Mark 10:18). So we cannot wait for things to be perfect to love them, or we will never love anything. Now, instead, we can love everything because of God’s presence.
By Mary Jackle, OSB