I have nothing new to add to the discussion of violence that has been unfolding on a national level. I only want to mention Fr. Walter’s recent series of homilies at St. Vincent Ferrer that have been addressing this situation with compassion and realism. This morning he told us that to limit violence to our headlines is deceptive; to arrive at the truth about violence, we must confront our own violent tendencies. “To glare at someone is violent, to reveal a person’s weaknesses to a third party is violent, to stuff someone into a category is violent.” And we must–and this part is crucial–believe that, when we confess our violent tendencies in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God is really going to give us the grace to become a more peaceful person.


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