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Seeing How My Choices Affect Others Around the World

December 6, 2010

By Sister Kathleen E.

To be in El Salvador, sensing the spirit of thousands of people who have died at the hands of others, brings to mind similar situations, past and present, in all parts of the world.

It reminds me of the phrase “All things are connected.”

It boggles my mind to reflect on how beauty, terror, tranquility, love, racism, hatred, sacrifice, joy, on-going violence against women, poverty, surprise, and thousands of deaths in the southern desert of the U.S., plus so much more, are all part of the human reality.

To be here brings my soul to silence. In silence, standing before the Monument of Remembrance and Truth which names 32,000 of the people killed (or disappeared!) I am struck by these words, carved into the stone: “No rationale exists that could cause a human being to commit these atrocities. Nevertheless, the acts were real, violating the life and dignity of so many people…..There is no way to justify forgetting or trying to hide what happened…..”

But it is so human to want to forget, or cover up what doesn´t touch my life on a daily basis, and what it seems impossible to affect, anyway.

I don’t know what to do, how to make the connections. Nevertheless, I’m reminded of the message of the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium, that we are not separate.

United States policies over the years have affected the lives of people in many countries. The way I live today continues in some ways to continue the status quo. I do have choices. The Mercy community has choices.

What I will take home from this beautiful, struggling country is a commitment to continue to look for ways to integrate our Mercy intention to be in solidarity with the poor with our effort to make the Critical Concerns real in our lives, with our growing understanding of the unity of all things.

I will go into silence, ask for the wisdom of those who have been in the struggle for equality, and those who are in the struggle today for a more just world. I will remind myself that we cannot try to forget or hide what st happening now, every day, in our world. Our choices will tell us who we are.

Other blog posts about the experience in El Salvador:


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