Our world is a world that has a growing gap between the rich and the poor. We are all caught in a culture of power, of promotion. We are caught in it. But there is danger -- you know the danger; we all know the danger. And the poor rise up in anger. Call it whatever you want to call it. But how can we work to close the gap? We say at L'Arche, "one heart at a time." It's all we can do.
It’s rather simplistic but that’s what it is: That there is room for redemption and hope, however grim things are; that the human spirit does have that ability to do something that is selfless, even under the most horrendous circumstances.
Forgiveness has nothing to do with forgetting…A wounded person cannot–indeed, should not–think that a faded memory can provide an expiation of the past. To forgive, one must remember the past, put it into perspective, and move beyond it. Without remembrance, no wound can be transcended.
Forgiveness is a rebirth of hope, a reorganization of thought, and a reconstruction of dreams. Once forgiving begins, dreams can be rebuilt. When forgiving is complete, meaning has been extracted from the worst of experiences and used to create a new set of moral rules and a new interpretation of life’s events.
The number one job of settlers is to seek the places that unsettle you and just stay there, prepared to linger there a long time so that in your openness and vulnerability and confusion you might finally enter into relationship with the land and people you have unsettled.