“There are solutions for all these problems. It’s just that more needs to be done—fast”
“…And the situation here is desperate. The water is running out, and when it’s gone, that’s it—you’re going to have 35,000 people without water.
People are right on the borderline now. We’ve managed to provide 2.5 liters (a little over half a gallon) per person yesterday and we’re hoping to get that up to 3 liters today, but that’s nowhere near enough, and the pond where we are treating and distributing water is running out. Without water, or even with a reduced amount of water, people are going to be in trouble. They need help.”
—Nurse Chiara Burzio is working at the MSF field hospital in Jamam refugee camp in Maban County, Upper Nile State, South Sudan.
Photo:Refugees from Sudan have entered South Sudan’s Upper Nile State by the tens of thousands. Refugee camp sites are packed and water supplies are dwindling.
South Sudan 2012 © Hereward Holland
I can’t believe that God expects every human being to start from zero and to reinvent the wheel of life in their own small lifetime. We must build on the common “communion of saints” throughout the ages. This is the inherited fruit and gift which is sometimes called the Wisdom Tradition. It is not always inherited simply by belonging to one group or religion. It largely depends on how informed, mature, and experienced your particular teachers are. Most seminaries, I am afraid, merely exposed ministers to their own denomination’s conclusions and did not have time for much interfaith or ecumenical education, which broadens the field—from “my religion which has the whole truth” to “universal wisdom which my religion teaches in this way.” If it is true, then it has to be true everywhere.
—Fr. Richard Rohr (via wordslessspoken)