The false spirituality of violence

Fr. John Dear has a well written piece that goes to the heart of much of what I’ve been feeling in my own heart lately. “Open your Bible to Matthew 5 and you will never be the same. Gandhi and King called those passages the grandest manifesto of non-violence ever written — beginning with the storied Beatitudes. Grand for a number of reasons — for their poignancy and conciseness, for their sheer poetics, for their morality and practicality. But grand, too, for a subtle reason — for the furtive critique that lay behind them. Namely, every culture of war, such as the one Jesus lived and died in, fuels itself by an antithetical set of maxims. One might name them the “anti-beatitudes.” To read more follow this link.

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