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A Call for a New Normalcy

Francisco Burgos, Executive Director

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” —St. Francis of Assisi

A new year is in front of us. Let us take this as a new opportunity for re-imagining the world. Let us envision and work toward a healthier environment, a more inclusive and welcoming society where justice and peace, dignity and solidarity, are the essential values and praxis of everyday. Let us create a new normalcy full of care, meaning, and love.

I know that this may sound utopian, but I have the conviction that re-imagination can be a powerful tool for personal and social transformation. We can dream together, and we can explore in community the paths to a better world. Let’s start by examining our personal life, our relationships, our work. Let’s take a look at the small steps that we can take in our daily life toward nourishing the living dynamics behind our faith and values. Let’s ask ourselves: what new learnings are we willing to experiment with as we open our hearts to “see what love can do” (W. Penn).

Friends, this is an invitation to pause, contemplate, and act. We at Pendle Hill look forward to continuing walking with you as we embark on this journey. Let us be open and courageous not necessarily to return to the old normal routine but to create space for a new normalcy that is more in tune with “the Spirit that searches all things” (1 Cor 2:10). Let us continue living in communion as we re-imagine the world together.

In Friendship,


Francisco Burgos
Executive Director