North American Province | Other Cenacle Websites
Blog
News & Stories
Blog Home > Archive (September, 2020)
Violence Is Not the Answer

As of two days ago, according to the Chicago Tribune, 2,749 people have been shot in Chicago this year.

What is the solution? Is the solution more guns? Shall we arm the populace?

Are guns a protection against the evils of racism? On another level, are looting and destruction of property a valid protest against society’s economic inequalities?

We remember the wise words of Martin Luther King:

"Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral.... Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers."

Martin Luther King, Nobel Lecture, December 11, 1964

Yes, “Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love… Violence ends up defeating itself.”

Let us pray that hearts which harbor racism and other forms of injustice may be transformed. And to begin with, let us pray that our own hearts may be transformed into the loving heart of Christ.

Comments 0 Rating: Be the first person to rate this post.
Page 1 of 1
First Previous
1
Next Last
Pages :