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  • November 30, 2010

    Mistakes and Shortcomings

    Friends:

    From time to time I think of my ‘opportunities missed’, ‘mistakes made’, and ‘insensitivity to people’ in my Consortium work. I apologize for these if I realize them. One cannot do this ministry without embracing the virtue of humility.

    I have been reading an Orbis Book of selected writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
    Toward the end of the work he says:

    “I believe that even our mistakes and shortcomings are turned to good account, and this it no harder for God to deal with them than with our supposedly good deeds.”

    This is sobering and consoling.

    I am trying to live the ‘life of the Spirit’, to ‘give everything over’, as we say–even all the mistakes.

    Peace,
    John