This article showed up in my news reading today and I couldn't help but marvel at its timeliness.
A group of priests in Mexico are delivering a controversial message: Mexicans should forgive their brothers and sisters, even those involved in the drug trade who may have killed their family members.
The message was delivered during a Sunday homily in Mexico City, but it was also delivered in a dramatic video making the rounds on the Internet.
The short film is called "Hermano Narco" and it tells the story of a 13-year-old girl whose parents are massacred by a drug gang. To add insult to injury, the gang crashes the funeral, but the girl decides to forgive them saying that perhaps someone had done the same thing to their parents and no one bothered to give them a hug.
I think of non-violence like I think of conversion: it is a journey. It needs to be re-evaluated every day. It is a process. I would dare to say that non-violence is a necessary part of Christian conversion.
We have so far to go.
Pax et bonum