How is it that my blog commentary must now regularly feature sorrow and outrage about a mass shooting fueled by hate?
As we keep the families and victims of the Islamic community in Christchurch, New Zealand in mind and in heart, I quote from a prayer attributed to St. Francis:
“Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.”
Moments of darkness also provide opportunities for leadership and creation – creation of new ways and new energies to advance hope. We offer appreciation for the ways that the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has demonstrated empathy and courage in the wake of this tragic darkness. A timely reminder about how gender justice and gender inclusion contribute to a more hopeful future for our planet.
There is much hard work to be done on the matters of healing and inclusion in our state, across our nation, and around the globe. Prayer has meaning, and faith is important. But we simply must continue to support, and do, the work.