Someone said the school of experience doesn’t do reunions. Maybe that’s a good thing, since many are best not revisited. At times like these, it can feel like darkness is ahead of us despite the speed of light. But even in the deepest cave, a tiny spark can break the darkness.
Another point to remember is that no matter how difficult a time, upon close inspection, it can bear the thumbprints of millions of others who have persevered and prevailed.
As Pope John Paul II once said: “Do not give in to despair. We are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song.”
Today, many of us probably have to go back to our teens to remember the smell of burning candles and incense in churches across the country at this time of year.
Others may be on their own spiritual journey. Regardless of the path, the triumph of resurrection over despair, death, and loss—as exemplified by Christ and marked this weekend—retains symbolic power. This week’s events in Sligo and vigils across Ireland honoring the lives of two victims show that even in the depths of grief we find our comfort together.
The violence that is devastating life in Ukraine violates all our values, but the courage of its people shines with its unbreakable loyalty. Their steadfastness binds us to them and compels us to do whatever we can to support them.
During the toughest times in history, humanity found a way. But as American spiritual mentor AW Tozer wrote, “If man had his way, the plan of salvation would be endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was not bought by the fist of Jesus, but by his hands pierced with nails; not by muscle, but by love; not by revenge, but by forgiveness; not by force, but by sacrifice.”
A look at Jerusalem over the past 24 hours confirms this. More than 150 people were injured in religious clashes. The violence comes at a sensitive time: this year, Ramadan coincides with Passover, a week-long Jewish holiday, and we have Holy Week.
So much for “sacrifice” and “forgiveness.”
Yes, it’s important to pick yourself up, but also to stop tripping over yourself.
Sigmund Freud pointed out that the man who first hurled a swear word at his enemy instead of a spear was the founder of civilization. How much better off we would be if we could go back to wise words and put down the wise weapons.
The prevailing orthodoxy in world politics is to hold back and let the big players take the reins. But the superpowers brought us super problems.
Easter reminds us that we are tempered by adversity, but while we can suffer many defeats, as long as our collective spirit endures, we will never be defeated.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/our-darkest-of-hours-can-still-reflect-the-light-41557864.html Our darkest hours can still reflect the light