On Fear and Forgiveness
By Sister Pat K.
I am painfully aware of the exorbitant price we pay for allowing fear to inform our actions. How can we learn to be both cautious and careful? How can we return to the view of the world we had when we trusted in the goodness of human beings and were yet aware of human potential for violence? Is this too fine a line to recognize in time to catch ourselves before reacting to fear in ways that cost too much?
As I listen to Trayvon’s mother today, I remember the response of the Amish community when gratuitous violence was foisted upon them. Forgiveness seemed so out of place to so many, but revenge has no place in times like these either. To be able to recognize the pain that causes and accompanies violence, to find a path to understanding what is really going on; these are the responses that help us to deal with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune before striking first or striking back.