Her 60+ hours of employment at minimum/low-paying jobs, which keep her from getting ahead, allow me and my family to continue our lifestyle. Theresa cares for my mother while I am an at-home parent who drives my car to the grocery store in the middle of the day and drops by for an hour or two to visit my mom. I directly benefit by this system that perpetuates poverty.
But you can build a life on wisdom and beauty…this is one of the main differences (in the life of faith today): (it is) about going deep rather than being right…the point is not to join the right group, but to find resources that will take you deep into your search and give you penetrating insights.”
My dad shared with me that after the weekend when my mom was home, as they were in the car about ready to pull out of our driveway, I opened the back door to look out as they were leaving. As I stood in the doorway I waved goodbye to my mom. That would be the last time I saw my mom. I was 5 years old.
One of the best spiritual disciplines, it seems to me, is to constantly ask ourselves, “what are the other languages I need to learn? What other ways of being or knowing or praying should I heed?” Or “How can I pay attention to my own reaction when I feel scorched, or challenged in a new way by folks with a different relationship and understanding of God.