“If not now, when? If not here, where? If not together, how?” (p. 118, The Buddha’s Wife)
Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. was remarkable in many ways. His humility, open kindness, and authenticity has made him an inspiration to many individuals whether Catholic or not. He is especially gaining attention for his challenging call to action from citizens and governments to actively participate and heal our environment and conflict-torn world—he is essentially calling us to be relational activists.
From his address before Congress: “We must move forward together, as one, in a renewed spirit of fraternity and solidarity, cooperating generously for the common good.” And he went on to challenge Congress and America with this passionate plea: “…to break out of its cycle of paralysis and use its power to heal the ‘open wounds’ of a planet torn by hatred, greed, poverty and pollution.”
If not now, when? If not here, where? If not together, how? These questions from Yasodhara ring loudly in our world today, and whether you follow a particular faith or not, the importance lies in our humanity and responsibility to one another—citizens of a global world that needs all of our united goodness and respect. Fostering the well-being and “the right to liberty” for all of our fellow men and women rests on us to model and embody in our everyday lives and decisions.