*Everything Belongs by Richard Rohr is an excellent read. He says that everything is divine. Everything, equally.
When I said Friday to include everyone, I really meant INCLUDE EVERYONE. Not “leave some people out.”
If we are all connected, then what hurts someone else, hurts all of us. Being left out hurts. It is lonely. If people in power are afraid of losing their power and this fear creates an “us-them” mentality. To have an “us” that is OK, they think they need to have a “them” that is not. This always excludes some one.
On the other hand I believe that everything belongs. Everyone is OK and no one is not OK. Equality is about connection. When we chose connection over separation, we expand ourselves. If we see good in others, we see the good in ourselves reflected back.
Of all things in the world, LOVE ought not to have boundaries. Love can take us to new heights we would never get to otherwise.
Love is belonging. Everyone deserves to belong.
“You can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.” ~Clarence W. Hall
The question of Vulnerability
In Dennis Hollingsworth’s defense last Tuesday in the Supreme Court (according to his website Protectmarriage.com), stated that persons who are same sex attracted are not vulnerable and have no need of government protection.
Maybe he has never felt left out.
People get married to have a witness to their lives. We are only a self in relationship. So that witness means everything. Denying someone’s right to marriage is denying them their very selves. I’d say this makes people vulnerable.
Last week I was moved by many things. One was that McQuaid Jesuit High School here in Rochester, publicly allowed two boys attend the Junior Ball together.
I would like to let a ray of light enter into the darkness of fear. I, together with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who in their Pastoral Message, “Always Our Children,” “. . . call on all Christians and citizens of good will to confront their own fears about homosexuality and to curb the humor and discrimination that offend homosexual persons.” Fr. Salmon
Local news website Rochesterhomepage.net published the full letter.
We all have fears that keep us separate from others. Mostly because we fear we are undeserving. Sometimes this is clear, but other times is masquerades as us thinking other people aren’t deserving. If we stopped judging ourselves so much, then we would stop judging others.
Where do you all stand on the issues of inclusion?