This morning, the minister reminded us that in each genocide there are a few persons who could be oppressors, but who choose to aid the victims, often endangering or sacrificing their own lives. They do not intend to be heroes. They are simply responding to the need at hand. Perhaps we can turn to their example to find the courage to acknowledge the genocides carried out in our own country, and to demand an end to genocidal practices here and everywhere.
Our hearts seem fragile. When trauma finds us, we are tempted to turn inward, to defend ourselves against the hurt, to harden our hearts. Healing is often about learning to soften again, to face our own suffering, and that of others, with compassion, love, and steadfastness. This is not an easy task. When we harden, … Continue reading Trauma and Healing: Matters of the Heart