Like the the Lâ€™Arche communities, this book calls us to a humanism that is tender, patient and present. Its humanism is rooted in the incarnation, for â€śthe Word became flesh to bring people togetherâ€ť (Vanier), and is lived in the church, which proclaims a â€śpolitics of gentlenessâ€ť (Hauerwas).
Poetry is often the best theology. Berry ducks â€śsmall, haughty doctrinesâ€ť to seek salvation â€śby honester dirt.â€ť His sage mind and poetic skill combine to skewer political arrogance, savage commercial folly, muse on growing old and lament a good dogâ€™s death. Mindful of time and earth, of joy and love, Berry calls us to the hard work of a hope and peace and gratitude so incarnate that they rest â€śon the ground underfoot.â€ť