2 Advent Tuesday

BRITAIN VEIL DISPUTE

Do not be too quick to assume your enemy is a savage just because he is your enemy. Perhaps he is your enemy because he thinks you are a savage. Or perhaps he is afraid of you because he feels that you are afraid of him. And perhaps if he believed you were capable of loving him he would no longer be your enemy.

Do not be too quick to assume that your enemy is an enemy of God just because he is your enemy. Perhaps he is your enemy precisely because he can find nothing in you that gives glory to God. Perhaps he fears you because he can find nothing in you of God’s love and God’s kindness and God’s patience and mercy and understanding of the weaknesses of men.

— Thomas Merton in Seeds edited by Robert Inchausti

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Today: Find some quiet time today to consider your assumptions about an enemy. (If you find enemy too strong a word, substitute difficult person, challenging person, etc.) In one column, write your assumption about that person. In another column, re-frame what s/he could be teaching you. If you’d like, send me a copy of your thoughts without your enemy’s name.

Ed Jansen, OCM

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