Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Is peace possible? The news lately is so horrific and it seems we are in a death spiral. It is hard to keep from sinking into a morass of sadness over humankind's inability to live together on this small fragile planet. It helps me to get in touch with the words and music of those who have lived through other times of suffering. Here are the words of the former Archbishop of South Africa Desmond Tutu:

"We have seen those who formerly seemed invincible fall and bite the dust too. We give thanks to God that goodness is stronger than evil, love is stronger than hate, light is stronger than darkness and life is stronger than death-that victory is ours through Jesus Christ. Might will never be right. God has made us for goodness, for love, for compassion, for peace, for laughter, for gentleness, for sharing and caring-and God is in charge."

Bishop Tutu's victory did not come from returning suffering on those who made him suffer but is a victory of love over evil. It is the only way all this terror will stop.

For music I recommend the BBC Radio 3. On Wednesdays they broadcast Choral Evensong from various churches around the UK. It is cached so even if you miss it live you can hear it during the week.