We become neighbors when we are willing to cross the road for one another. There is so much separation and segregation: between black people and white people, between gay people and straight people, between young people and old people, between sick people and healthy people, between prisoners and free people, between Jews and Gentiles, Muslims and Christians, Protestants and Catholics, Greek Catholics and Latin Catholics.
There is a lot of road crossing to do. We are all very busy in our own circles. We have our own people to go to and our own affairs to take care of. But if we could cross the street once in a while and pay attention to what is happening on the other side, we might become neighbors.
— Henri J.M. Nouwen from Bread for the Journey, originally published in 1996
Nouwen was an internationally known Catholic scholar, priest and author, writing 39 books about the spiritual life during his lifetime. His words seem just as appropriate today, as when they were published in 1996.
Let today’s words direct your making. Consider separation and segregation and how to cross the divide.
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