Because of what I know about human Nature, and it’s propensity to divide things against each other,
I will be ever vigilant in my judgment about trusting others.
Because of what I know about the human Heart
I will be open to the understanding and experience of human vulnerability, and will cherish and guard my own capacity for empathy.
Because of what I know about the human Spirit
I will honor and work to emulate those who rise above their limitations to explore the farther reaches of human possibility.
Because of what I know about the human Soul, and its apparent access beyond our perceived boundaries,
I will purposefully join in the depths of the experience of others.
Because of what I know about human Suffering, regardless of its proximity or cause,
I will willingly share what I have with others, keeping my eyes open to that which causes pain and what I can do myself to alleviate it.
Because of what I know about human Love,
I will be open to perceive the deeper mysteries of every human being.
And then to come full circle.....
Because of what I know about human Nature, and its propensity to divide things against each other,
I will ever rejoice and be humble before the circumstances of everyone I meet, from which we may arise and transcend ourselves, for the sake of one other, the entire family of humankind, and all of Creation.
That Life, all of Life, may be lived to the fullest.
William K McDonald
All Saints’ Day, November 1, 2012
Reply to Jim
Yes, you can use this in a sermon, but I’d rather you portray me as a Pilgrim – because I’m definitely not a Saint. But thank you for the kind words.
Love this, Bill. Thanks.
Because of what I know of Bill McDonald....
I will hold him in high esteem and count him among the blessed.
Bill, it comes as no surprize to me that this is thoughtful, heartfelt, and other-oriented. It is also deeply moving! Thank you. For my sermon on Sunday, I will be sharing stories of those I know to be saints and I would love to share your Manifesto as one of the stories. May I?
I wish I could be that big. Good job, Bill.