In the aftermath of the midterm election, we face new realities and some different leaders. A statement made by Episcopal Bishop Michael B. Curry may help: “To love my brothers and sisters does not mean we have to agree. But maybe agreeing to love is the greatest agreement. And the only one that ultimately matters, because it makes a future possible.” If we wish to strengthen our future as a country, how can citizens show our commitment to love one another? The beginning step is willingness to respect each other and to discover common ground. This requires commitment to listen and talk with friends, acquaintances and strangers about our lives, hopes and dreams, rather than about politics. These conversations should be an uncritical and interested way to simply share life experiences. We will need to discipline our thoughts and words to eliminate stereotypes, name calling, ridicule and dismissal because our shared future is out there waiting to be shaped.
By Mary Jackle, OSB