Last week, the first-year students had their discussions of Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative ... There is a passage in the book that has really stayed with me, because its message resonates so strongly with the Christian faith, with its call to stand with the oppressed and share God’s love and compassion with all, and to acknowledge always our own sinfulness and brokenness before we judge others. Here is the passage—I hope you find it meaningful, too:
Paul Farmer, the renowned physician who has spent his life trying to cure the world’s sickest and poorest people, once quoted me something that the writer Thomas Merton said: We are bodies of broken bones. I guess I’ve always known but never fully considered that being broken is what makes us human. We all have our reasons. Sometimes we’re fractured by the choices we make; sometimes we’re shattered by things we never would have chosen. But our brokenness is also the source of our common humanity, the basis for our shared search for comfort, meeting, and healing. Our shared vulnerability and imperfection nurtures and sustains our capacity for compassion.