One Word

Christ loved every human being,
without exception,
without limits.
Can we do otherwise?

Love casts out the darkness
of hate and division.
From love
flows understanding, compassion,
mercy, forgiveness
and peace.
Love unites.
Love is One.

Thomas Merton said,
“The whole idea of compassion
is based on a keen awareness
of the interdependence of all these living beings,
which are all part of one another
and all involved in one another.”

God is talking to us.
God has always been talking to us.
God will always be talking to us.
God has been, is and will be saying
one word: Love.

And in that love
rests a profound truth:
We are one.
We just imagine
(as Thomas Merton pointed out)
that we are not one,
that division exists within
the human family.

In God there is unity.
In the beginning,
we were one.
We are still one.
We just need to recover
our original unity.
At the Last Supper,
Jesus prayed that we all
may be one.

Communion needs to be
a significant part of our spiritual syntax.
To isolate ourselves from the world
stifles our ability to sense
the dignity of the divine image
in human beings.

God is One.
We are one.
Everything we do
affects the entire world.

Human respect and
the observance of human rights
take priority over
petty greed, self-interest
and self-indulgence.

The road to salvation
is, of course, a journey to wholeness.
When people lack the basic necessities
to sustain life –
clean water, adequate nutrition,
electricity and sanitation –
it is hard to become whole.
Survival is struggle enough.
For the desperately poor of Haiti,
their every waking moment
is directed toward meeting
their basic physical needs.

To see a woman
squatting in the rotting rubbish
to urinate or deficate
is an unthinkable indignity.

In love, through love and with love
we must unite
and eradicate
such indignity
wherever it is found.

We are called
to incarnate
God’s love.

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2 Responses to “One Word”


  1. 1 athursdayschild has a long way to go and much to be thankful for. April 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I found your blog in searching under Thomas Merton. We just visited his monastery, and I am becoming quite fascinated by him.

  2. 2 Melanie April 15, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I liked this one word blog to my facebook and have been inundated with comments from friends who are going to join your blog and at the very least pray for Haiti. You are amazing!


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