Not “fitting in” is an uncomfortable feeling–and a common one. Sometimes it’s a self-inflicted condition, but sometimes the feeling of longing for a home that hasn’t arrived yet is the truth of our state. Blogger Lisa Kelly thinks that not fitting is often a byproduct of the Ignatian outlook, and of the work that this outlook leads to.
Lisa and her family are living in El Salvador while her husband is on sabbatical. She writes that the hardest part of their life is not living without American comforts, or even living in conditions that are dangerous. The hard part is finding a community of other people who share their outlook. As she puts it, “the hardest part is trying to find or build the community of others who ‘get it.'”
I think I know what she means. Read the whole thing, and see if you understand too. (Link no longer available.)