June 4

Reflection

Who are the suffering mothers in our world? If we look, we can see those women whose children are killed in senseless wars and political divisions, the mothers whose sons are killed in street violence, the mothers of political prisoners, the mothers of those children who are starving, those of children who die from lack of medical care, those who raise their children in countries where they are victims of ethnic cleansing, mothers of children stolen to be used in human trafficking. Is there anything more pitiable than a woman burying her child? Do we see the pain and ask “Woman why are you weeping”? Are we moved with pity? How do we respond to relieve the suffering of others?  What do we really do?

Prayer

May I be moved with compassion and aware of the suffering of others.

Action

Give your support to groups against gun violence. Support groups working for peace. Reflect on your attitude toward universal health care. Analyze and evaluate the reasons given by those who either support or do not support legislation that will try to address some of the causes of death dealing violence.

Suggested Reading

Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
Luke 7:11-17

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18 

Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
Hebrews 13:3

It is highly significant, and indeed almost a rule, that moral courage has its source in identification through one’s own sensitivity with the suffering of one’s fellow human beings.
Rollo May

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall
see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your
delight.
Kahlil Gibran

After a murder occurs, victims may have a variety of perspectives on exactly what will bring them justice or healing. But we can all agree that preventing the murder in the first place would have been the best use of state resources.
Vicki Schieber ( whose daughter was murdered)

Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.
José N. Harris

The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and John Kessler

There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
Washington Irving

 

 

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