The Back-Fire of Commitment

As the hymn proclaims, when the fire of commitment sets our mind and soul ablaze, when our hunger and our passion meet to call us on our way, when we live with deep assurance of the flame that burns within, then our promise finds fulfillment and our future can begin.  Yet, what happens when those fires point in opposite directions, when those passions make us deaf, when assurance turns into self-righteousness? What to do when our personal commitments backfire and undermine the interdependent web of relationships that make us human?

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