The Transformative Power of Community

Think about the communities in your life and the ways in which they are life-giving. Consider how they bring out the best in you. Look at how they allow you to give as well as receive. Being part of community lets you be fed and nourished while also giving you the chance to feed and nourish others.

The Dalai Lama talks of a global community: “Whether we like it or not, we have all been born on this earth as part of one great human family. Rich or poor, educated or uneducated…ultimately, each of us is just a human being like everyone else: we all desire happiness and do not want suffering.”

What happens in one part of the world today, will eventually affect the entire planet; so, treating ourselves as if we are self-sufficient, isolated individuals just doesn’t make sense. By accepting that humanity is, indeed, interconnected we can recognize that we are far greater than our personal circumstances.

Dorothy Day says, “We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love, and that love comes with community.” Even though we live in a society that values independence and self-sufficiency, we can still experience the life-giving and transformative power of community.

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