When we as Christians pray for Jesus to come again soon, we are admitting a truth that flies in the face of our cultural dependence on self-reliance. When it comes down to it, none of us are ‘self-made’ people. We did not choose to come into the world on our own. We did not choose our families of origin, our ethnicity, or our sexuality. While we were born with intelligence and with the capacity for learning, we did not arrive fully assembled nor did we come with instructions. The only instinct we had in the beginning, once our lungs were clear, was to cry out for help as loudly as we could.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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