There are many ways our humanity makes all of us the same, butwithin our humanity there are many, many things that make each of us unique. I tend often to write to You about the common elements of our humanity but usually say very little about things that distinguish our uniqueness.
In reflecting on my own uniqueness I cannot help but focus on my faults, failings, weaknesses, and mistakes; and further, I cannot help but considering them my unique way of finding You. It may seem something of a “back door” approach to our uniqueness but when we step back from ourselves it becomes apparent that often the first things people think of us when they call us to mind is not our virtues but our faults. If they are the first consideration of our uniqueness they are also the first things that must be overlooked (forgiven) to get to our goodness. I tend to think that You too must look at our uniqueness this way. Those things that obscure our basic goodness are the very things that characterize Your concern for us and should also characterize our concern for others.
My faults, failings, weaknesses and mistakes paint a vivid picture of my uniqueness and that uniqueness is the acquired milieu in which our spiritual formation takes place. To love much is to forgive much. Each of us in our own uniqueness has a trail of debris and baggage that needs much forgiveness. This load affords You the opportunity for great love. We, in turn, considering the heavy burdens of others and forgiving them, are likewise afforded the great opportunity to love.
Love is given in different ways to match the uniqueness of each individual. But it cannot be denied that love is greatly involved in the uniqueness of the loved one; and that means that love is greatlyinvolved in overlooking, forgiving, and accepting all the baggage and debris attached to the one who is loved. This is a most fundamental element of Your teaching. For myself it is my own uniqueness that makes it so troublesome to master.