Litany Of Contradictory Things

 Litany Of Contradictory Things

LITANY OF CONTRADICTORY THINGS
Michael Moynahan, SJ

Photo: Dustin HenderlongWheat and weeds:
       let them grow together.

Arabs and Jews in Palestine:
       let them grow together.

Greeks and Turks of the Balkans:
       let them grow together.

Catholics and Protestants of Northern Ireland:
       let them grow together.

Pros and Contras of Central America:
       let them grow together.

Documented and undocumented aliens:
       let them grow together.

Immigrants and Native Americans:
       let them grow together.

Blacks and Whites of South Africa:
       let them grow together.

Sikhs and Hindus of India:
       let them grow together.

Revolutionaries and reactionaries:
       let them grow together.

Russians and Americans:
       let them grow together.

Religious leaders who lay and lighten burdens:
       let them grow together.

Disciples prone to boasts and betrayals:
       let them grow together.

People who wound and heal:
       let them grow together.

Rich and poor, humble and haughty:
       let them grow together.

Those whose thinking is similar and contrary:
       let them grow together.

Those whose feelings are transparent or concealed:
       let them grow together.

Days of sparseness and days of plenty:
       let them grow together.

Winter, spring, summer, fall:
       let them grow together.

All the seasons of one’s life:
       let them grow together.

Joys and sorrow, laughter, tears:
       let them grow together.

Strength and weakness:
       let them grow together.

Doubt and faith:
       let them grow together.

Denial and commitment:
       let them grow together.

Preoccupation and freedom:
       let them grow together.

Virtue and vice:
       let them grow together.

Contemplation and action:
       let them grow together.

Giving and receiving:
       let them grow together.

The helpful and the helpless:
       let them grow together.

Wisdom of the East and West:
       let them grow together.

All contrarieties of the Spirit:
       let them grow together.

Excerpted and adapted from the book Hearts on Fire, edited by Michael Harter SJ, 2004, pgs.160-163.

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