Being fettered, coming home, confessing that we’ve wandered-these words may
seem strange to many of us today. When we talk about spirituality, we prefer
language such as “breaking free from tradition,” “finding my own spiritual
path,” or “learning to forgive myself.” We want words that are consistent with
our fierce determination to remain independent and make ethical and religious
decisions based on our own opinions. Why dwell on past mistakes? Or, as
Anna’s friends try to tell her, “You don’t have to dwell on the past.” Is that not
a sign of neurotic tendencies or senility, thinking too much about yesterday?
It is tomorrow that should interest us!