In my last few blogs I’ve been quoting McNeill, Morrison and Nouwen from their book Compassion. In chapter five which is titled Displacement, they write: “The paradox of the Christian community is that people are gathered together in voluntary displacement…Voluntary displacement leads to the existential recognition of our inner brokenness and thus brings us to a deeper solidarity with the brokenness of our fellow human beings. Community, as the place of compassion, therefore always requires displacement.” In our OATS community we referred to this as separateness.
In today’s TED talk, Thandie Newton puts flesh on these wordy statements
We are a community of laymen and laywomen who, with vowed Passionists, seek to share in the charism of St. Paul of the Cross through prayer, ongoing spiritual formation, and proclamation of the message of Christ Crucified.