Friday, June 09, 2006

The Fourth Beatitude

The Fourth Beatitude

[NB I am skipping to the Fourth Beatitude because of its relevance to General Convention. The reflection on the Third Beatitude will appear next week.]

"How blest are those who hunger and thirst to see right prevail; they shall be satisfied." How blest are we when we realize that the cure for social ills begins with our selves in solitude, with reverence for others; how blest are we when at last we can look beyond our senses, beyond color, beyond sexual orientation, beyond illness, beyond poverty, beyond class, beyond degradation, beyond ugliness, beyond wealth, and see the glory that arcs across the abyss in recognition and kindles us into a single flame; how blest are we in that moment, for we know that this is true right prevailing in eternity though our struggles to transform the social order may seem to fail.

[Pillars of Flame, pp. 138-139]


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