The thoughts that I have today are reflective of a comment that my spiritual director made at our monthly visit this week. She said, "I'm very concerned that our politicians have lost the ability to form consensus!"
That has really stuck with me, as I am working with the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and have come through the Foundational section on love and spiritual indifference. Indifference in this usage is that ability to suspend judgment and allow openness for wisdom to provide the answer to a situation. It occurs to me that we as humans can never reach consensus unless we are able to suspend judgment and be open to possible solutions/wisdom.
With powerful lobbyists and other opinion makers clogging the airwaves and print media, it is difficult if not impossible to remain open. Certainly our faith communities are not immune to this - and my own struggles with persons who are very controlling and who attempt to create an environment that is how they want it to be. So, how do we find consensus in our lives? We return to the source of all love and to the understanding that we have been created to love and serve God exclusively, and that we do this by loving and serving our neighbors as ourselves.