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3.27.2010

America is in Deadly Peril. If you value democracy, and decency, read this.

America is in Deadly Peril.  If you value democracy, and decency, read this. 


THIRTY ONE GROUPS PROTEST FRIENDS OF THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION OF GAZA AT WALDORF 2010


"You'll know the True Peace Lovers. They're Paying the Price for Peace." SL

"You'll know the True Peace Lovers.  
They're Paying the Price for Peace.
They're Redeeming Peace with their Lives.
They're Ransoming Peace with their Lives."  SL

"I'm not supposed to say, but thanks for what you are yelling," the Cap. Hill Policewoman whispered to me.

"I'm not supposed to say, but thanks for what you are yelling," 
the Cap. Hill Policewoman whispered to me.

Last Saturday I went to Capitol Hill where DNC / BarackObama.com 
is, intending to phone bank for Health Care Reform Passage.  But
then I encountered the GOP angry mob. I was horrified.  It was
savage, disgusting.  And there was nothing but the rabble - no
counter protesters.  I proceeded to DNC to suggest some of us
go the the Hill, but my suggestion was greeted with 'Get out of
here or we'll call the cops.'

I returned to the mob by myself.  "Kill the bill, Kill the bill...." They
shouted at each congress person that passed. God / Universal Love
inspired me - "Kill the UnInsured, Kill the Uninsured," I'd scream 
at the same congressmen.   Each time it would quite the crowd
noticeably.  They couldn't figure out whether I was with them
or against them.   They overall figured I was with them, I could
tell by their sheepish grins.  This went on for several hours,
till my voice quit.

"I'm not supposed to say, but thanks for what you are yelling," 
the Cap. Hill Policewoman whispered in my ear as she walked
past.  She "got it."

If there is ever a Peace Movement that pays a price, millions
like her will join.

3.26.2010

"The deadly mistake of my generation: Religious Devotion to Self, not Others." SL

"The deadly mistake of my generation:
Religious Devotion to Self, not to Others."
  SL

"The Right hates the Left cuz they know what "paying the price" is." SL

"The Right hates the Left cuz
they know what 'paying the price' is.
They detest 'lip service,' and resent the 'easy life.' "
  SL

There are few if any police in the park here anymore that don't have
at least a grudging respect and affection for Connie and I. And it ain't
cuz of how we dress, how we look, what we talk about, or how the
vigil looks...; rather in most cases it is DESPITE all that.  They are
folks that put it on the line - and so are we.


"Peace, Life, Joy, Love are found always and only in devotion to the neediest." SL

"Peace, Life, Joy, Love are found always and only 
in devotion to the neediest in Our Family." SL

3.25.2010

St. ArchBishop Oscar Romero - Murdered Yesterday. 'The Violence of Love."

DN! Salvadorans Begin Marking 30th Anniversary of Romero Murder

Archbishop Oscar Romero Quotes

Archbishop Oscar Romero

"We have never preached violence, except the violence of love,which left Christ nailed to a cross, the violence that we musteach do to ourselves, to overcome our selfishness and such cruelinequalities among us. The violence we preach is not the violenceof the sword, the violence of hatred. It is the violence of love,of brotherhood, the violence that wills to beat weapons intosickles for work.

"Those committed to the poor must share the same fate as the poor.

"A church that suffers no persecution but enjoys the privileges and support of the things of the earth - beware! - is not the true church of Jesus Christ. A preaching that does not point out sin is not the preaching of the gospel. A preaching that makes sinners feel good, so that they are secured in their sinful state, betrays the gospel's call. (1/22/78).

"When the church hears the cry of the oppressed it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises (8/6/78).

"The church would betray its own love for God and its fidelity to the gospel if it stopped being . . . a defender of the nights of the poor . . . a humanizer of every legitimate struggle to achieve a more just society . . . that prepares the way for the true reign of God in history (8/6/79).

"I do not believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me I will rise again in the people of El Salvador."

"Aspire not to have more but to be more.

"Let us not tire of preaching love; it is the force that will overcome the world.

"Defence of human rights, equality, and freedom… is a matter of policy… rooted in the gospel.

"The poor have shown the church the true way to go. A church that does not speak out from the side of the poor is not the true church of Jesus.

"The gospel is the great defender and proclaimer of all the great fundamental rights of the person. The fundamental right to…… Food & Water, Shelter; Protection; Medicine; Education; Work; Rest; Freedom; Respect; Dignity; Fullness of Life.

"The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword; ... it is the violence of love.

"Let my blood be a seed of freedom.

"I will not tire of declaring that if we really want an effective
end to violence we must remove the violence that lies at the root
of all violence: structural violence, social injustice, exclusion
of citizens from the management of the country, repression. All
this is what constitutes the primal cause, from which the rest
flows naturally. September 23, 1979.

"I'm deeply impressed by that moment when Christ stands alone
before the world figured in Pilate. The truth is left alone, his
own followers have been afraid. Truth is fearfully daring, and
only heroes can follow the truth. So much so that Peter, who has
said he will die if need be, flees like a coward and Christ
stands alone.

"Let's not be afraid to be left alone if it's for the sake of the
truth. Let's be afraid to be demagogs, coveting the people's sham
flattery. If we don't tell them the truth, we commit the worst
sin: betraying the truth and betraying the people. Christ would
rather be left alone, but able to say before the world figured in
Pilate: Everyone who hears my voice belongs to the truth. Feast
of Christ the King, 1979.

"Would that the many bloodstained hands in our land were lifted
up to the Lord with horror of their stain to pray that he might
cleanse them. But let those who, thanks to God, have clean
hands -- the children, the sick, the suffering -- lift up their
innocent and suffering hands to the Lord like the people of
Israel in Egypt. The Lord will have pity and will say, as he did
to Moses in Egypt, "I have heard my people's cry of wailing. It
is the prayer that God cannot fail to hear. September 18, 1977

"The church is calling to sanity, to understanding, to love. It
does not believe in violent solutions. The church believes in
only one violence, that of Christ, who was nailed to the cross.
That is how today's gospel reading shows him, taking upon himself
all the violence of hatred and misunderstanding, so that we
humans might forgive one another, love one another, feel
ourselves brothers and sisters. November 20, 1977.

"We have never preached violence, except the violence of love,
which left Christ nailed to a cross, the violence that we must
each do to ourselves, to overcome our selfishness and such cruel
inequalities among us. The violence we preach is not the violence
of the sword, the violence of hatred. It is the violence of love,
of brotherhood, the violence that wills to beat weapons into
sickles for work. November 27, 1977

"Who knows if the one whose hands are bloodied with Father
Grande's murder, or the one who shot Father Navarro, if those who
have killed, who have tortured, who have done so much evil, are
listening to me? Listen, there in your criminal hideout, perhaps
already repentant, you too are called to forgiveness. December
18, 1977

"A preaching that does not point out sin is not the preaching of
the gospel. A preaching that makes sinners feel good so that they
become entrenched in their sinful state, betrays the gospel's
call. A preaching that does not discomfit sinners but lulls them
in their sin leaves Zebulun and Naphtali in the shadow of death.

"A preaching that awakens, a preaching that enlightens -- as when
a light turned on awakens and of course annoys a sleeper -- that
is the preaching of Christ, calling, "wake up! Be converted!"
this is the church's authentic preaching. Naturally, such
preaching must meet conflict, must spoil what is miscalled
prestige, must disturb, must be persecuted. It cannot get along
with the powers of darkness and sin. January 22, 1978

"And so, brothers and sisters, I repeat again what I have said
here so often, addressing by radio those who perhaps have caused
so many injustices and acts of violence, those who have brought
tears to so many homes, those who have stained themselves with
the blood of so many murders, those who have hands soiled with
tortures, those who have calloused their consciences, who are
unmoved to see under their boots a person abased, suffering,
perhaps ready to die. To all of them I say: no matter your
crimes. They are ugly and horrible, and you have abased the
highest dignity of a human person, but God calls you and forgives
you. And here perhaps arises the aversion of those who feel they
are laborers from the first hour. How can I be in heaven with
those criminals? Brothers and sisters, in heaven there are no
criminals. The greatest criminal, once he has repented of his
sins, is now a child of God. September 24, 1978

3.24.2010

"I deeply admire them. They're really nice folks," said the Secret Svc agent to the Tour Guide.

"I deeply admire them.  They're really nice folks," 
said the Secret Svc agent to the Tour Guide, 
regarding the vigil.  http://www.prop1.org

My greatest hope for raising an army of courageous
peace makers is from among our men and women
in uniform.  They've got the courage, discipline,
self-sacrifice, commitment... down.  I JUST NEED 
THEM TO SWITCH WEAPONS - FROM GUNS TO THEIR
OWN BODIES.

"Give me a military man to work with any day.
Don't give me any cowards."  Gandhi

3.23.2010

Oh my God. Must, must, must, must read. Courage and URGENT Truth from NYT. http://www.nytimes.com//2010/03/23/opinion/23herbert.html Thanks Mercedes

http://www.nytimes.com//2010/03/23/opinion/23herbert.html

Thanks Mercedes

3.22.2010

"Violence - to Violate the Boundaries of another (physical, psychological, property....)" SL

"Violence - to Violate the Boundaries of another
(physical, psychological, property....)  I didn't see, till now."  SL

MUST READ: Fear Strikes Out, Krugman, NYT


Obama, Lincoln: "We are not bound to win, but we are bound to be true. We are not bound to succeed, but we are bound to let whatever light we have shine.”

Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln:  

"We are not bound to win, but we are bound to be true. 
We are not bound to succeed, but we are bound to let whatever light we have shine."

"Full effort IS full success. [There is no other.]"  

Gandhi

"We are called to be faithful, we are NOT called to be successful." 

Scripture

"Live as though the entire world depends on what you do, [because it does,]
and realize that what you do will probably make no difference at all, [that anyone notices.]"

Buddhist

Pr. Obama - Passage of Health Care Reform in House
HC Reform - House Votes YES (1)