June 18, 2018
It was a Friday when Frederick Lewis Donaldson said the following in a sermon given at Westminster Abbey in London, England: “The seven social sins are…wealth without work; pleasure without conscience; knowledge without character; commerce without morality; science without humanity; worship without sacrifice; politics without principle.”
Most of us freely admit to being human and by that, we imply that we are not perfect. Mistakes are going to be made and while we are better at forgiving our own than those of others, we do allow the possibility for their being made. What about when society makes them? How forgiving are we when it is a collective sin? Do we still extend a sense of humanity to such?
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten how to belong to each other.” These words from Mother Teresa might very well be the key to making this ordinary time extraordinary. How we think of ourselves is reflected in how we treat others. Truthfully, though, there is no “them” and “us”. There is only “we”.
Recently a group of people identifying themselves as being patriotic to their own cultures and homelands came together for an experiment. You can watch the results here and they are far more compelling than anything I could write. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyaEQEmt5ls