Gathering Broken Pieces

One might consider creativity as the most precious potential of man. Being creative is the best expression of one’s own image of God. Creativity is a participation in the divinity of God. God is creative: He created everything that is out of nothing. Human beings create nothing out of nothing; but they do participate in this skill when they create something out of something else.

That is why destroying something, breaking something, hurts and is always such a disappointment for man. Destroying and breaking are expression of the greatest ingratitude and lack of appreciation to the achievements of man. They are always followed by anger, sometimes so big that it can even take generations to calm down and heal.

Already in the sixties, Vatican Council II spoke of the contradictions in our contemporary world. Not with standing the great and rapid progress man is recording in the history of humankind, for example in information technology and genetics, we are living in an ever more fragmented culture. Pluralism has become so widespread that it has touched culture itself. Many countries have already turned out to be multicultural: a country made up of so many cultures. This is a new situations that present so many serious difficulties and a rather great challenge for adaptation. That is why we speak of a conflict of culture being experienced everywhere in the West.

To create something is nice and noble. What about re-creating something, restoring something to its original beauty? Today, many Universities have developed independent disciplines and founded whole Faculties dedicated to the art of restoration. It is the art of gathering broken pieces. It is not just a nostalgia of what is lost, deformed, deteriorated of the past; rather, it is an nonjudgmental evaluation of the facts with regard to the present situation of a past beauty. I think our challenge today is to re-discover the value of the common good. In the past we shared the peace, joy and security of a common culture. Now, that is lost. Some might still be angry about it. Some might still feel the need to be militant, either in cleaning their culture from recent influences of other strange cultures, or by imposing foreign cultures on local ones.

We Christians have a Sacrament that is so relevant. The Eucharist is not only a Sacrament that expresses communion between does who participate in it. The Eucharist is also a Sacrament that brings communion, that gathers broken pieces. We need to appreciate that not everybody has received the gift to believe, celebrate, and receive the Eucharist. However, reflecting on this Mystery and let ourselves be inspired by it, will surely lead us to serve as ministers of communion, of re-creation and of the re-discovering of the common good.

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