The older members of the group had grown to have a better understanding of tolerance and not always wanting things to be fair. Anne shared, “I’ve come to understand how life isn’t fair, much as we would like it to be Why should one man I know lose his mother, his wife and his leg from diabetes all in one year“ Does it take old age to come to that conclusion, or can a spiritual life reflecting on and growing towards the compassion of Jesus lead us there too?” Andrew asked.
You have heard it said, “An eye or eye, and a tooth for a tooth, but I say to you do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek turn to him the other also. Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:38-48.
Pope Francis: Disinterested concern for others and the rejection of every form of self-centeredness and self-absorption are essential if we truly wish to care for our brothers and sisters and for the natural environment. If we can overcome individualism we will truly be able to develop a different lifestyle and bring about significant changes in society. LS 208.