While living in the midst of a world seemingly on brink of collapse with poverty and hunger made worse by violence and destruction of the natural world, how is it possible to live with hope?
Use your imagination:
In the present moment to envision a different world. A world of inclusive love, respect, awe at the wonders of creation including humans.
Slow down, take time, become still and quiet:
Imagine a world in which Gospel values and the Church’s Catholic Social Teaching govern human discourse.
Then begin to take small steps toward your imaginary world:
Admire a flower, smile at a stranger, say thank you for a small kindness.
Your mood will change.
You will begin to experience that your imaginary world is possible. You will begin to feel hopeful and soon you will be in a position to communicate hope to others.
You will experience what author, poet, actress and activist Arundhati Roy describes:
“Not only is another world possible, she is on her way.
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
By Sister Rosemary Fry