There Is Always Hope!

In his book, Put Down Your Sword, Fr. John Dear talks about his friend, Pete Seeger, "For years, one of my friends, the legendary folksinger Pete Seeger, has questioned friends and audiences who feel hopeless. 

“In the early 1970s,” he asks, “did you ever expect to see President Nixon resign because of Watergate?” 

“No,” people answer. 

“Did you ever expect to see the Pentagon leave Vietnam the way it did?” 

“No, we didn’t,” everyone answers.

“In the 1980s, did you expect to see the Berlin Wall come down so peacefully?” Pete asks. 

“No, never,” they respond.

“In the 1990s, did you expect to see Nelson Mandela released from prison, apartheid abolished, and Mandela become president of South Africa?” 

“Never in a million years.” 

“Did you ever expect the two warring sides of Northern Ireland to sign a peace agreement on Good Friday?” 


“If you can’t predict those things,” Pete concludes, “don’t be so confident that there’s no hope! There’s always hope!”

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Loving the World into Change

(c) 2018 Linda M. Neas
Over ten years ago, a gentle physician, poet and dreamer shared his vision of the world with me. We responded to each other's poetry, shared our philosophies, and encourage each other to keep going when life seemed to put stumbling blocks in our paths. Today, as I sit thinking of what to write that will inspire others to keep moving forward, keep climbing or diving or going around whatever obstacle appears to be blocking the way, I hear his words echoing in my head, "Love the world into change!"
Dr. Maithri Goonetilleke is a physician in Australia. He works in Swaziland with people and communities ravaged by HIV/AIDS. The organization he founded, Possible Dreams International, brings "emergency medical relief to those living with HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and extreme poverty as well as providing sustainable development solutions such as access to clean water, agriculture, income generation and housing."

Maithri and I have never met face to face…