The author reflects on her friend Kate who frequently describes meeting "the most wonderful person". "Maybe Kate is right to regard everyone as being the absolute best. But why then did God make a point of telling us to love our neighbour ? I think it better to see myself and others as deeply flawed because that is where I can truly respect and, I hope, love them. 'Most wonderful' people are like mythical creatures I have never actually met. Broken, sinful, tired, struggling people ? Those I have met. And they are most wonderful because they are the most real. Wait .. maybe that's what Kate meant all along".
Author "is rector of St. Mary's Anglican Church in Russell, Ont., and the author of 'Jackal: A Novel of the Apocalypse'."