Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, July 19, 2015


How does transforming energy and not giving it back in kind take sin out of a community? Here is how a civil rights worker who endured racial hatred and violence while working for justice describes what happened to him. This is part of an interview with him:

 “Isn’t that dangerous work you are doing?” “It’s true,” he said. “The hatred is vicious, and the punishment is violent.” “Have you ever been hurt yourself?” “Yes, I’ve been spit upon, beaten with fists, with pipes, with chains and left a bloody mess.” “But you are pretty big. Weren’t you able to protect yourself sometimes, to fight back?” “Yes. At first I did fight back. I made some of them sorry that they had attacked me. But then I realized that by fighting back I wasn’t getting anywhere. The hatred coming at me in those fists and clubs was bouncing right off me back into the air, and it could just continue to spread like electricity. I decided not to fight back. I would let my body absorb that hatred, so that some of it would die in my body and not bounce back into the world. I now see that my job in the midst of evil is to make my body a grave for hate.”

Rolheiser, Ronald (2014-03-11). Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity (p. 166). The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 

This is a much better undersanding of what it means to "...take away the sins of the world."
This does not imply a passive stance. There are certainly things we must stand up for, come against in some responsible way.


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