“To dare to go towards others …”

This is part of what Brother Alois said at this past Thursday’s meeting with young people at Taizé after prayer:

With all of you here, we brothers would like to discover again and again this Gospel reality: God confides to us a mystery of hope and he sends us, with all our human frailty, to communicate this to others.

We come together in this church three times a day to draw at the source of that hope. Even with violence raging in many places in the world, as it is doing these weeks in the Middle East, Sri Lanka …, we seek to live from the hope of the Gospel. It is not us who create this hope, it comes from Christ who is risen and who gives us his life, he who has conquered hatred and death.

Our common prayer is the sign that the Risen Christ gathers us together, and that the barriers between countries, continents and confessions can be overcome. Yes, each common prayer is a prayer of reconciliation. We turn towards the living God, and he unites us.

And when you pray at home, seek to go towards others or to welcome others. It is not so much in order to feel good that we pray, it is above all to listen to a word of God, to confide a situation to him, to unite ourselves with those who are present and with those who are absent. This is how God sends us out to communicate a hope.

Brother Roger led us to dare to go towards others, even with empty hands. Going far, as we will be doing soon when we go to Kolkata, in order to continue and to enlarge the “pilgrimage of trust on earth”, reminds us of the importance of also going towards those who are close to us. Let us not be afraid of situations that are difficult! Even if we do not have ready made solutions, or if we cannot find words, our simple presence can ease someone’s grief.

This attitude of going towards others, of overcoming barriers, is part of the inheritance that Brother Roger has left us.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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