Don’t Fight Evil

5 Nov

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What? not fight all the darkness of evil?

A man in our parish was praying during a Holy Hour.

Let’s call him Joe.

He had begun praying “his beads” earlier. Now, before the Blessed Sacrament, Joe was finishing his Rosary, meditating onhe last two decades of the Sorrowful Mysteries—Jesus Carries his Cross, and Jesus Dies on the Cross. He was praying for the persecuted Christians in the Middle East, the victims of ISIS, and for all persecuted Christians throughout the world.

Joe thought, “Lord, what are we to do?”

He was surprised when, in the depths of his being, he heard, “Don’t fight evil…promote good.”

“Don’t fight evil? Promote good? What in the world does that mean?” he thought.

Joe confided in friends, admitting he had no idea what the Lord intended for him.

But, he recalled that our parish honors folks whose lives witness love of God and neighbor; and it promotes involvement in ministries and service to the poor, the ill and the homeless.

“But, what do I do to promote good?” he mused.

Joe said the answer was slow in coming, but at last he realized that loving his family and helping his neighbors and patrolling for Neighborhood Watch were indeed ways in which he personally “promoted good.”

He recalled also the command of Jesus: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34).

“A disciple wants to be like Jesus. What does that mean? Two significant traits come to mind: His unconditional love and his obedience to his Father.”[i]

 

[i] Libersat, Henry, “Catholic and Confident,” Servant Books, 2012, ppr, pg 31.

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