September 2002 That perfect knowledge was of peace and holiness. St. John of the Cross

Meditation on 9-11

As contemplative Sisters, we continue to lament the lack of peace and concord in our world. In the context of much prayer and reflection, we have come to believe that there is a deeper wound under the global upset and anguish, an anguish that stems from oppression in its many forms. One questions how any one person, or even a small group, can help remedy such a mountainous problem.

On our part, we continue to pray daily that God will raise up a prophetic voice who will gain influence and who will inspire others for good. In the meantime, the rest of us are called to live our daily lives with disarmed hearts, always ready to put down our own defenses and to listen with compassionate hearts to the hurt of the other. Although it may seem an unheralded and insignificant gesture, dealing with others as friends, and not adversaries, can be a small stirring that will gradually bring peace to a struggling world. Many big changes start out small.

It is our task and call, then, to believe and to cling to the truth that good is always stronger and more powerful than any kind of darkness, and that even now, although dimly seen, good is secretly at work and is already triumphant.

Sister Mary Jo Loebig, O.C.D.

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