He made a whip out of cords
and drove them all out of the temple area
What we are willing to confront is a measure of what kind of human being we are. There is something in every life that must be confronted – death, social justice personal conscience. The only question is whether we’ll do it. Too often we go through life without even recognizing what needs to be done let alone contributing to its resolution. Then we leave both life and ourselves unfinished.
Joan Chittister, OSB
May I live with open eyes and conviction.
What things do you see that need confrontation? What are you willing to do?
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good… Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.
It is not enough for us to restrain from doing evil, unless we shall also do good.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil. The real conflict is between truth and lies.
Don Miguel Ruiz
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
It’s not about the extent to which something happened or did not happen; it’s whether we choose to confront evil and call it what it is, or simply let it pass because it ‘wasn’t enough of a big deal.