thanks to my wife, I have become aware of a PRI (Public Radio International) radio program that consistently teaches me, encourages me, grows and challenges my faith. The Program Being, moderated by Krista Tippett is that show. I now listen to these interviews with great scientific, philosophic and religious thinkers weekly. You can download the podcasts for free in your Itunes.
I just listened to the interview with Xavier Le Pichon, the French geophysicist who discovered Tectonic plates and how they work. This devout and thoughtful man almost left science because he felt that he was focusing so much time on his research that he had become blind to all the suffering in this world. So he and his family, at the suggestion of a very wise priest, moved in at the L’Arche community, which is where mentally handicapped adults and others live in an intentional community supporting one another. Le Pichon’s interview, which is entitled The fragility of Humanity offers insights and clarity on how making room for human fragility is an important part of our evolution and that it is when we make room for and bring such people to the center of community and communities, that we discover some of the richest realities of what it means to be human.
This is worth the time you will spend listening to it. I have already listened to it 3 times and I intend to again.