Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

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The poet Donald Hall tells a story about searching in his grandfather's attic. Among all the boxes stacked and stored, he found one that was filled with short pieces of string. The box was marked: "String too short to be saved."

Maybe Hall's grandfather was on to something. A tiny piece of string is useless by itself but tie it to another and who knows: We may have enough rope to hang on for a day, a life, or an eternity, even.

A string too short to save might seem like a loose end. But when two people tie their loose ends together, they tie a knot and call it love.

String the sayings of Jesus together and one begins to sense the way of discipleship. Follow the string and see where it leads: to the realm of God.

Or tie strands of his thought together and they form a web of how we are to live in the world and how we are to be with one another. They reflect the bands of love of a God who desires to wrap the people with a caress, a bond that can never be broken. …

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