Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Daily News and Brother Lawrence

  • In Baroda a 2000 strong mob burn a man alive in his car.
  • Terrorists kill 22 innocent people in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Pramod Mahajan's condition grows worse.
  • Suryanarayan beheaded by barbarians.

Man against man.

Not to mention, man against woman.
Woman against man.

Explosions of hatred.
Implosions of guilt.

Mankind stands condemned.

In the melee of debilitating images, the memory of Brother Lawrence:

"He said that as far as the miseries and sins he heard of daily in the world, he was so far from wondering at them, that, on the contrary, he was surprised there were not more considering the malice sinners were capable of. For his part, he prayed for them. But knowing that God could remedy the mischief they did when He pleased, he gave himself no further trouble."
I take lead from him. Trusting in goodness of God is the first step towards a postive action to bring change in the life of the nation and the society.

Karl Barth said somewhere:

"The clasping of hands in prayer is the beginning of an
uprising against the disorders of the world.
Brother Lawrence was not a practitioner; a socio-political activist that is. But he does help to form a perspective from which a practitioner can approach his vocation. A vision of hope in the fallen world.

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