Violence Is NOT The Solution
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – “Mr. Rieth, writing at The Imaginative Conservative, writes, “Overcoming Evil With Goodness.” Many would say that there is an evil in Ferguson, Missouri today. So is there a way to overcome it with goodness? Well, according to Blessed Martyr Father Jerzy Popieluszko, there is.” Check out today’s transcript for the rest….
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Mike: Mr. Rieth, writing at The Imaginative Conservative, writes, “Overcoming Evil With Goodness.” Many would say that there is an evil in Ferguson, Missouri today. So is there a way to overcome it with goodness? Well, according to Blessed Martyr Father Jerzy Popieluszko, there is.
… on December 26th, 1982. Father Jerzy loved his enemy. During martial law, in 1981, he told Poles to take hot drinks and food to the soldiers who stood ready to shoot them.
Mike: Remember I was talking about the saints earlier here and how they responded to exercises of state authority almost flawlessly and almost to a man or woman without exception, even if it meant their own demise, their own death? They’d do it anyways. Father Jerzy Popieluszko sounds like one of them.
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“Why did the salvation of humankind have to take place upon such a cruel instrument, why did have to come through death on the cross, something conceived by the Phoenicians for people who were hated the most, for people with no rights, for slaves? Perhaps, if Christ died by stoning, He would have merely died as one of the Jews, perhaps if He had been beheaded, He would have died like a Roman? However, dying like a slave, on the cross, He became a brother to each human, because the death of a slave was the death of humans from all of the various nations. A slave could have been Jewish, Greek or German. A slave could have been illiterate or, at times, an educated man.”
Father Jerzy’s teaching should not be a surprise for Christians. What should be pointed out, however, is that
Father Jerzy brought down the Soviet Union and brought peace and freedom to the world. The Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko undoubtedly now sits at the side of God and prays eternally for none other than the souls of the three men who murdered him and who, today, as you read this, are free, having spent a few years in prison…
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For if we look at the wise men who whispered war, revolution, regime change, democracy, free markets, nation building and the end of tyranny in our world over the past 25 years, we find that none of them, in their wisdom, whispered the love of the enemy, nor prayer, nor law and order, nor humble suffering and patient faith in providence. And if we read the wise literature about the end of the Cold War, we learn about economic factors, politics, arms races, statesmanship, but we do not learn of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, nor of the pre-eminence of loving thy enemy, of prayer, of the Virgin Mary. And if we do hear of such things, we do not practice them.
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