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Jan 8: Day by Day with Father Bill

FRIDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

 
-from Brother David Steindl-Rast, OSB:
 
While deep silence enveloped all things,
and night in its swift course was now half gone,
Thy all-powerful word leaped from heaven,
from the royal throne. (Book of Wisdom 18:14)
 
Wherever we look these days, we find society split in two. Neither of the two sides is listening to the other, yet nothing could be more urgently needed. 2021 calls for a New Year’s resolution to seek out those whose opinions are the opposite of our own and to start listening to them; to bracket for a while convictions that divide us, facing instead our shared problems and tackling them together. If worldwide suffering has made us ready to listen that deeply, every word that comes out of our silence will be a yes to mutual belonging. It will be what the antiphon calls it – an all-powerful word. For it will be a word of love, and love is all-powerful.
 
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