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bargeJeremiah is talking this morning (ch. 20) about plotting and destruction on every side and how God rescues the poor from the wicked and powerful. I’m reading this as I sit in St. Louis watching two small tugboats slowly making their way on the “Mighty Mississippi” toward a very large barge that I know they will be able to push. (I learned that in elementary school!) Today I think of the fact that the process only works (and there it goes! Both are gliding now along the water toward the port) if both the large and small entities are working in communion of purpose, doing what they are fit to do and not what the other is called to accomplish. Today I am grateful for “power people” who understand that concept – Pope Francis for one, and the Sisters of St. Joseph whose leadership team has called eight of us together from around the U.S. and Peru to gather in service to the whole, creating opportunities for communication and understanding of one another that will lead to deeper unity – the only way that any organization can flourish. Today I pray for our government and countries around the world, that leaders called to power will not exercise “power over” but will come to understand this other manner of power so that, little by little, the world will be transformed.