Whatever is demanded of me will be demanded of me as an individual and global citizen, just as it will be for you, and the whole world, going forward.
I hope you will always follow the way of truth, justice ... and most importantly love ... in your own life and in the lives of others.
I read a book by Gregory Boyle called Tattoos on the Heart a month or so back.
He is a Jesuit priest and community worker, who has worked with Latino gangs in Eastern LA for over 30 years.
One part of his book that has stuck with me is the idea of "success" over "faithfulness".
He explains that in our world today, everyone wants to know how "successful" your movement, business, career, nonprofit, or what-have you is...
But he explains that Jesus never worried about being "successful"; He just cared about being "faithful."
“Success and failure, ultimately, have little to do with living the gospel. Jesus just stood with the outcasts until they were welcomed or until he was crucified — whichever came first.”
[Gregory Boyle Tattoos on the Heart]
Boyle talks about how Jesus was "too liberal" for the conservatives, and "too conservative for the liberals," and so he just stood on his own ... with the right people, on the right sides, in the right times ... and just trusted God would be standing with him, on the right side of people and situations, as well.
I am going to leave one last time with a link to an online (free and available) "story series" I have written.
The stories are a milieu of existential, political, spiritual, science-fiction, hard realities, tough talk, and most importantly love ... love above all things that I have written over the course of the past several years.
And I am going to leave you with a line from one of my characters from the story, at a very climactic scene in one of the stories, as one of his comrades asks him what he is doing, as he is about to make a difficult decision -- in response he says:
"Always remember brother: many people say, or act, like they want to carry a cross … but when it comes to being nailed to one … they drop that cross, and hand their nails to someone else … not me … nail me to it today, and God willing, I will see you tomorrow…” [Uthman Thieves on the Cross -MJK]
Hopefully I can be as brave as the heroes I read and write about, and hopefully you will be too.
I think the ultimate compliment to the heroes, and stories of triumph and love - that we love - is to become our own heroes of our own story ... of our ONE BIG STORY ... this one we have together ... in this world, with and for, each other:
Here is the link - and hoping for us all - to be our own heroes, in our own ways, for the ONE story and world ... that connects us all:
Godspeed, Bless, and Be with, as always and for always,
[PS I miss you RocketGirl :) ... and I meant - do mean - and forever will mean every word, video, post, and quote that I ever shared ... and you can believe that or not, depending on whatever is best for your heart and spirit ... but it is the truth, and don't you ever doubt that ... <3 eternal, as always]