Even the rhetoric we are hearing sometimes in some corners inside the Church – there is an anger, an almost personal bitterness against those who oppose us or disagree with us. I am worried that the "logic" of aggressive resistance leaves us with no alternatives to physical confrontation and violence.
We need to return once more and draw from the wisdom of Rev. King and others like him – Dorothy Day and Cesar Chavez – the spirit of peacemaking and the search for nonviolent solutions.
No one is born hating another group of people. Hate is something that is learned. And so it must be "unlearned." That means we need to become teachers of love.
Love is the heart of Rev. King's vision of nonviolence. We love – not because those who oppose us are "lovable" or even likable. We love those who oppose us – because God loves them. And by our love, we seek their understanding and conversion, not their humiliation and defeat.
Love does not mean forgetting or excusing injustice. Peace does not come by ignoring what divides us or pretending everything is OK. We are called to "make" peace – it is an action.
This is our Christian duty in these times when our society is so divided. To be healers and peacemakers, reconciling people to one another and to God.
We are called to confront hatred – not with more violence and retaliation, but with love. We are called to overcome evil and lies not by more of the same – but with works of truth and goodness, with acts of sacrifice and love.
And only through love can we help our society to recognize that beyond the color of our skin or the condition of our lives, we are all children of God, created in God's image and likeness.
Pray for me this week, and I am praying for you. And let us pray for a new spirit of love in our country.
Let us ask our Blessed Mother Mary, the Queen of Peace, to help us to keep believing in the power of love.