There are so many wonderful quotes out there, especially in fandom. I find myself saying this quote all the time, especially as a Catholic. There are a lot of misconceptions about people of faith. St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “Saints are sinners who keep trying.” No Catholic should claim to be perfect; if we were, we would be in heaven already. Even Pope Francis, when asked who he was when he became pope, he answered, “A sinner.” We are all striving to live imperfect love with God and neighbor. This means we have to act on the light side of ourselves. The side that feeds the hungry, gives drink to the thirsty, shelters the homeless, visits the sick, visits prisoners, buries the dead, and gives alms to the poor. It is a difficult battle we all face, but it is one that must be fought.
At the same time, our culture demonizes certain subgroups: cops, black people, Muslims, etc. Again, we all have light and dark within us. Sometimes, some people, make decisions that lean toward the darkness; things like hate, greed, intolerance, violence. We often talk about how not all cops are bad or not all Muslims are terrorists. But the reality is, cops aren’t all bad, even the bad ones. Many of them have spouses and children, moms and dads. Surely someone loves them and it’s probably for a good reason. God calls us to love all people even those that have different views and circumstances.
Terrorism cannot be tolerated. Shooting unarmed people cannot be tolerated. But if we approach a conversation about how to solve our country’s problems, with love, respect, kindness, and generosity. We may be able to get things accomplished. We have to first recognize we all have light and dark inside us, but what matters is the part we choose to act on. We have to always strive to act on the light and not judge others by the dark.