Social Justice, Nonviolence, Violence, Justice, Injustice, Politics, Martin Luther King Jr.

Is It A Good Or A Bad Thing?

About a week ago I posted My Thank You Note to President Trump. It received a lot more attention than I ever expected. In response to that posting someone sent me the following: Dear Father Mike, I’m a little confused (pardon that). The past twelve months have been tumultuous, to put it mildly. Is it a good or a bad thing to stand publicly against … Continue reading Is It A Good Or A Bad Thing?

Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr, Donald Trump, John Dear, Nonviolence, Social Justice, Politics, Justice, Injustice,

My Thank You Note to President Trump

Mr. President, I did not vote for you and I never thought I would be saying this but I owe you a debt of gratitude. Less than a week into your presidency you have already done for me something I do not think Mrs. Clinton could have or would have done had she been elected president. Your words and actions have inspired me. They have … Continue reading My Thank You Note to President Trump

Daniel Kerrigan, Advent Credo, Advent, Hope, Justice

Entering Advent in Hope: An Advent Credo by Daniel Berrigan, SJ

“It is not true that creation and the human family are doomed to destruction and loss— This is true: For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and discrimination, hunger and poverty, death and destruction— This is true: I … Continue reading Entering Advent in Hope: An Advent Credo by Daniel Berrigan, SJ

Advent Credo of Daniel Berrigan, SJ

“It is not true that creation and the human family are doomed to destruction and loss— This is true: For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life; It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and discrimination, hunger and poverty, death and destruction— This is true: I … Continue reading Advent Credo of Daniel Berrigan, SJ

A Franciscan Blessing For Justice And Peace

May God bless you with discomfort… at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships. May God bless you so that you may live from deep within your heart where God’s Spirit dwells. May God bless you with anger… at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people. May God bless you so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace. May God bless you with … Continue reading A Franciscan Blessing For Justice And Peace

“A bishop will die.”

“A bishop will die, but the Church which is the people will never perish.” Those words of Archbishop Oscar Romero proved prophetic. Today, March 24, is the Feast of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador. Romero was appointed Archbishop of San Salvador in 1977. Radicals distrusted Romero’s conservative sympathies. This would, however, quickly change for them and Romero. Following Romero’s appointment a Jesuit friend of … Continue reading “A bishop will die.”

A Lord’s Prayer for Justice

In his book, The Holy Longing (pp.189-91), Fr. Ron Rohlheiser says, “In the world’s schema of things, survival of the fittest is the rule. In God’s schema, survival of the weakest is the rule. God always stands on the side of the weak and it is there, among the weak, that we find God.” Given the truth of that, he suggests we might occasionally pray … Continue reading A Lord’s Prayer for Justice