I am relieved this morning at the news that Doug Jones has prevailed in the special election over Roy Moore in Alabama. It is not about Republican and Democrat for me but about the persons themselves and their beliefs. Although Moore continues to contest the results I feel confident that the outcome will show a better result for the country.
After the sense of relief in that message, I turned to Thomas Merton who, over 50 years ago said the following in the book The Hidden Ground of Love:
The real job is to lay the groundwork for a deep change of heart on the part of the whole nation so that one day it can really go through the metanoia* we need for a peaceful world. (* “a transformative change of heart”)
May it be so in our time!