acknowledging our brothers and sisters

“We often wonder what we can do for others, especially for those in great need.

It is not a sign of powerlessness when we say: “We must pray for one another.”  To pray for one another is, first of all, to acknowledge, in the presence of God, that we belong to each other as children of the same God.  Without this acknowledgement of human solidarity, what we do for on another does not flow from who we truly are.  We are brothers and sisters, not competitor or rivals.  We are children of one God…”

-Henri Nouwen, Here and Now

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