Real Justice Begins At The Source

Posted on November 16, 2015 in Justice

Terrorism. War. Human trafficking. Illegal immigration. Racism. Income inequality. Domestic violence. Government corruption. Abuse of power.

ISIS vows to attack Washington D.C.

A sample of today’s news cycle.

Opinions and analyses about the root causes are plentiful. Leaders grapple with workable solutions. People pray for an end to injustice.

It’s easy to let the state of our world overwhelm us. Which will contribute zero to making anything better.

We need to get clear about personal and community and national priorities. We need wisdom greater than what the collective mind of humanity can produce.

An oft-quoted 800-year old prayer attributed to Francis of Assisi can help us today:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is error, truth; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned. And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

While writing this, I heard the voice of “yes, but…”

But nothing.