Daily Meditation for March 8, 2021

One thing that’s certain about this time in our shared history is that we have had to invent our lives day by day, almost minute by minute. But how? “Do the best you can until you know better,” poet Maya Angelou says. “When you know better, do better.” This wise, compassionate advice may help us get through the troubling events rocking our world. Nudging us out of paralysis, her words call us to act with incomplete knowledge of what is best. Even the most rigorously tested medical and scientific knowledge is partial. So, too, is our knowledge about how to promote racial justice and equity, prevent the ongoing destruction of the environment, and build a society that works for the good of all. Yet, act we must. But Angelou’s words don’t leave us in ignorance. She urges us to question, learn, search for knowledge and practical wisdom. Then, guided by the Spirit of love, “knowing better” we must “do better.”

By Mara Faulkner, OSB