So... I'm thinking about this terrible wound in Oregon
and I am looking at the survey of things people wanted the Pope
to speak to during his visit.
This your man
wasn't an immigrant
wasn't dealing with same-sex marriage
or climate change!
Abortion? maybe in the all life matters...
I remember when a peace movement was
about ending wars and nuclear disarmament.
Now... a peace movement would need to start
on a block by block scale of disarmament...
and even that! has a slim to none probability.
Why? because people really believe they need
several thousand pounds of metal and wheels
to feel 'safe' to go two blocks to a grocery store
for milk and box of pampers.
This young man had 13 weapons, and calling
it a 'long gun' I guess is to take the fierce out of
assault rifles. We have normalized violence.
The outrageous response is the one that goes
October 2nd was Gandhi's birthday, and
I was accidentally present for a "flash"
sit-in meditation for peace and nonviolence.
A sign went up, mats came out, people began
sitting down... mat-less, I chose shoe less and
down on the dirt... 30 minutes, as the sun quietly
Before we can talk about peace, we have to uproot
the reality of normalized violence... the betrayal of trust...
when abuse of ANYONE can be manipulated into justified
and the victim is criminalized so no comfort zones are disturbed.
It isn't just about the guns!
or poverty or immigration or abortion
or climate change....
Its about rage in hearts! in minds
when presidential wanna be's aspire to
violent rhetoric to grab the lead in a news cycle
is as much a terrorist act as a gunman in a school
or a suicide bomber in a marketplace.
And somebody, somebody, makes a conscious
decision to reward the violence... by aiding it in
going viral. Viral Violence... creepy.
I wish for the pope to teach on the faith and what the beliefs of Catholicism are. Local bishops can apply the teaching to everyday life as needed.
Dear Holy Father...
Please teach us how to become the Instruments of God's Peace...
In the prayer of St. Francis is the Good News of Jesus Christ's answer
to the violence that is expressed so easily today... Together we pray
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
and yet too often the chosen instrument of peace is merely another form
of violence inflicted on a slightly different victim. It is still violence...
I just can't seem to find the words to express the grief of generations
who cannot even remember when it was simply safe to play... just play.
Had I noticed this option sooner, I would have posted here. It continues my post to the UN speech content.
Really, all of the issues mentioned in your poll are forms of violence... among a litany of other expressions of violence that are now completely normalized. We have lost sight of the relationship of nonviolence to peace.
It is the radical nature of Jesus Christ's call to discipleship. I can only contrast what we once regarded to what we celebrate now... it is heartbreaking.