At this time, when abuse of people and institutions is being revealed after being shrouded so long in deceit, we are tempted to lose hope that there can ever be the integrity we need as a human community in our churches, government, and other organizations in society.

We need to be able to trust those organizations which we have pledged to support and those to whom we open our hearts and resources. We need to know that we are respected. We long to commit ourselves to love, service, and creative problem solving in an atmosphere of integrity. Unfortunately, given the revelations of abuse and deception in the churches and other settings we trusted in society, that day seems far off.

Let us allow the longing to build something better, truer, and more loving motivate us to work toward these goals more strongly than before.

This longing seems to be expressed very well in a poem written by the Irish poet and philosopher, John O’Donohue:

For Longing

Blessed be the longing that brought you here
and quickens your soul with wonder.

May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire
that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.

May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease
to discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.

… May you know the urgency with which God longs for you.


-John O’Donohue, To Bless The Space Between Us, A Book of Blessings, 2008