PÁDRAIG Ó TUAMA is a theologian and writer from Northern Ireland. I first came across his work on the podcast On Being. He has a community in Belfast that helped bring peace to the region.
For me, his thoughts on welcoming the stranger are revolutionary because he points the light back on oneself. I am the stranger, the parts of me that I don’t understand, that I reject, and that I struggle to love. All of me I must welcome.
Here is a short reading from his book In the Shelter for you to listen to. Every time I hear it I am heartened and find myself greeting the day with a little more grace.