Young MaristsComment

Thoughts and Prayers

Young MaristsComment
Thoughts and Prayers

Twenty-nine people were shot dead and more than fifty others were wounded in two more mass shootings this last weekend in the United Beautiful States of Terrible America. 

Senators and Members of Congress and Mayors and all sorts of other public figures quickly tweeted their thoughts and prayers.

I’ve been wondering what they were thinking, and what they were praying. 

I’ve been thinking some dark thoughts about how easy it is to send thoughts and prayers without actually doing any thinking or praying.  It’s become something of a default position, something you say when you don’t know what to say, and something to say you’ll do when you know you won’t do anything at all.

 So, I’m sending you these thoughts:

·      how complicit am I in anger and violence with what I say under my breath in other people’s presence, or out loud when I’m on my own?

·      how easily do I judge the person and not the action, especially with political figures whose policies I do not support?

·      how often do I align my thinking with my preferred political leaning rather than with the Gospel?

·      do people see me as a person of peace, and are inspired to be the same because of me?

·      How often do I actually pray, fervently, for peace?

And, I’m sending you these prayers:

·      God, give me the grace I need most at present --- whatever you decide that is.

·      God, give me the courage to do what I know is the right thing to do.

·      God, give me the common sense not to kid myself when I don’t know what is the right thing to do.

·      God, give me the compassion to respect the inherent dignity of every human person.

·      God, make me an instrument of your peace.....

 

I’m sending you my thoughts and prayers.  I’m hoping you might think those same thoughts, and pray those same prayers. 

 

If we do become people of peace, then so will those around us,

and so will the people around them,

and so will the people around them,

and so will the people around them,

 

and so will the people around them,

 

and so

 

           will the

 

                       people around

 

                                                them,