A Candle in the Window (further reflections on the death penalty)

Photo by Chris Campbell: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cgc/

Execution eve
We vigiled in prayer, song
Where was justice, peace?

Not in taking lives.
Nonviolent Jesus lead
Us to live Your Ways.

“To visit the imprisoned,” is the last of Jesus Beatitudes. Let us try to connect with those who claim, “He got what he deserved.” Sister Gabriella and I are sharing efforts to invite more to the next vigil. Some of us plan to vigil at Planned Parenthood, as our St. Michael’s pastor is doing during these 40 days of Life. He agrees that “those executed are life too.” We hope to get the message of “respecting all life” observed. Sr. Mary suggested that those who can’t come to the next execution in Sioux Falls, put a candle in a window. A quote from a 11c mystic:

“God is “the living light and the obscured illumination,” appointing (us) to speak to rescue divinity from obscurity, to allow the divine to flow from human hearts…so that the imagination and creativity, forgiveness and contrition might flow again in the world.” Hildegard of Bingen

–Leona Wieland serves on the Board of Directors of the South Dakota Peace & Justice Center and is a leader with Pax Christi SD

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