Hildegard of Bingen, 12th-century German saint and mystic, wrote, “We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening. To use our own voice. To see our own light.”
A gender-just world is one in which each person may use their own voice and see their own light. It is a world that is not interpreted for us by others, but one in which we co-interpret. It is one that is our own because we are all God’s own. It is one in which God reveals God’s creation in me and in my calling; a world in which, just as I take my charge to listen for God’s heartbeat in the other as a holy one, so too others respond to me by listening and discerning with me.
This message is excerpted from “This is my home,” by Sister Clair Josef-Maier in the May 2018 Café online magazine.
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