Sr. Theresa writes in on the importance of unifiers in times like these when division threatens to tear our society apart:
Being a unifier requires strength and maturity. Unifiers inspire others with their courage, patience, and kindness. They lift up those who are feeling afraid and anxious. They love the unlovable. They struggle to understand the prickly, arrogant, and self-absorbed. They defend those who are vulnerable. They help others understand and love, rather than hate, their ideological enemies. In times of high anxiety and division, people often don’t respond well to cries for unity. Unifiers are attacked from both sides. They’re called weak, naive, and compromising. Unifiers are ridiculed and told that they don’t have the courage to fight for truth. In reality, unifiers courageously open the way for truth because truth becomes clear and is mutually revealed through communication. Because we are limited human beings, we need other people to help us understand and to open our minds to see circumstances more objectively.
It is true that the results of the election led to even more division than we saw during the campaign, but it may be time for the unifiers to stand up and make a difference. What do you think?