Words for reflection and reconciliation
Returning to One’s Own Center
A fable from the fourth century Egyptian Christian tradition reads as follows: «A father used to say, “Just as it is impossible
for you to see your face reflected on troubled waters, in the very same way, your soul cannot pray to God in contemplation if it is not free from alien thoughts”»?.
We are living on a long path that returns us to the center of ourselves. Increasingly, we attempt to recover from the feeling that we are traveling on a high-speed train in which our personal and social experiences flow at such a velocity that we are unable to understand them and make them our own. This results in feelings of disorientation and of being aliens in our own land, in our own history, and in the collective history that has shaped our being. We all feel the need to return to our own center and to come to terms with the fact that we live in this world, that we exist as human beings. We de...