Today’s Inspiration ~ It’s a Full Time Job

“Each one of us is called to be an artisan of peace, by uniting and not dividing, by extinguishing hatred and not holding on to it, by opening paths to dialogue and not by constructing new walls!”

~ Pope Francis



  1. Pope Francis recently kissing the hand of the indigenous residential-school survivor, assuming it was a genuinely heartfelt act, was both moving and significant, at least to me.

    Though I’m not a fan of Catholicism nor the pope, the image somewhat brought to mind how the Biblical Jesus most profoundly washed his disciples’ feet, the act clearly revealing that he took corporeal form to serve. And that he, as a hopeful example of the humility of the divine, joined humankind in our miseries, joys and everything in between.

    Regardless, many indigenous people have learned the hardest way about being considered disposable and likely feel the pope’s hand-kiss definitely will not suffice.

    Human beings can be consciously/subconsciously (mis)perceived and (mis)treated as though they are disposable and, by extension, their suffering and death are somehow less worthy of external concern, even by otherwise relatively civilized countries and their religious institutions.

    Along with the inhuman(e) treatment they suffered while living in the religious residential schools, the immense inhumanity is also evident with the many indigenous children who were deemed unworthy even to be buried in properly marked graves by Christ’s supposed messengers, let alone their remains returned to their indigenous families. … I can imagine Jesus spinning.

    1. Thank you for your comment and deep compassion for the indigenous people of Canada who have suffered great tragedies. Although we cannot undo the past, we can work together to make sure these types of horrific events never occur again. Have a great day. Ray

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