Reading Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes as a human rights observer in rural Mexico, and again while trekking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, gave delving into the book a special resonance for Dr. Bossen. He uses the title character’s loss of connection to the present to examine our ability to wait in the present. How can we be open to ‘what is’ while doing what we can to create the world we want to see?
In a sermon dedicated to civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, we are asked “Who has the Word of God come to today?” or to put it differently, “Who has been asked to make the world better than it is today?” We are shown it is our turn to change the narrative, to shift our culture’s priorities to making the world better, and more just; it is our turn to let freedom ring.
Dr. Bossen’s reflection on the concept of waiting leads from his balcony
herb and water gardens to existentialist drama of the 1940s; it also
leads him to consider two approaches to life, the transcendental and the
horizontal, and what that means for building relationships during these