Enlarge Your Tents

When we look at the women and men who inspire us, who invite us to become our true selves, we may discover that they are often people who have moved beyond personal comfort and “widened their tents”, that is expanded their hearts to make room for the suffering, the distressed, the lost, the oppressed. These are women and men who could not be comfortable, settled, or closed in on themselves while those around them were in need.

They have heeded the prophet Isaiah’s call:

Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. (Isaiah 54:2)

These are the people who invite us daily to free ourselves from encumbrances, to open ourselves to the cries of the poor, the cries of Earth and to dive into the great Mystery of God, our hearts aflame with Gospel joy.

Who are the people today and what are the circumstances that challenge us to widen our minds and our hearts? Even as the tent pegs are firmly in place, how do we raise the flaps and make room for new people, new ideas, new pathways? Where is Compassion calling us now?

"Live in harmony, united together in one heart and one will."