Today, Heidemarie Schwermer died – in a peaceful and loving environment after a long illness, her family says. So, a light has gone out in the world. What a patiently courageous example she offered us. A life after the pattern of Jesus; simplicity, voluntary poverty, a template of sharing and trusting. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
As I grow older and tireder, as I contemplate the politics of the modern world – audaciously ruthless, violent, shamelessly greedy, cruel – more urgently every day presses upon me the call to simplicity.
I feel very conscious that I am not very far upon the path, that I enjoy security and luxury while frightened people flee from the rubble and terror instigated by my own country, by Western allies, by us.
I feel so acutely aware of how uselessly slow is the progress I make – like the Children of Israel blundering around in circles 40 years. I console myself with the hope that I am here from the journey, that here we have no abiding city; I should not expect to arrive, ever, in this life.
But I wish my life preached better than it does.