Daily Meditation for April 2, 2021

In her inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” Amanda Gorman pointed us forward. She wrote, “We’ve weathered and witnessed/ a nation that isn’t broken/ but simply unfinished.” Her words, spoken in a climate of antipathy and deep division, revealed trust in the basic goodness of human nature, in the possibility of change and growth, in the process of transformation. Imperfection and failure are disappointing and demoralizing, but they are an unavoidable part of human existence. It would be all too easy—a cop-out—to throw up our hands in frustration at the obstacles presently facing us. It’s tempting to give up trying when we see that our lofty goal seems unachievable. But that posture would negate the value of striving, of choosing to make a step, however small, in the right direction. Author Ursula Le Guin wisely writes, “It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”

By Delores Dufner, OSB