“With violence hatred is sown and then its evil fruits are gathered. With charity Peace is sown among men, but not the peace of the world, True Peace, which only faith in Jesus Christ can give, binding us together in brotherly love." PGF
Here Pier Giorgio speaks about hatred and how it comes as a result of violence. We have seen these evil fruits in our own times after the violence of 9/11 and other acts of terrorism. Instead of responding with hate, though, we have the choice to respond with hope.
To hate those who persecute us is to breed more evil in our world. Hatred brings with it anguish, sin and despair. It suffocates the goodness with a poisonous cloud of destruction. Because of this, no matter how difficult it may seem, our Catholic faith calls us to pray for those who would harm us, to hope for their conversion to true Love. Hope calls forth the light of Christ, which alone can overcome the darkness. (John 1:5)
Which do we wish to be: the light of Christ or the darkness of sin? We make that choice every time we bless or curse another human being. Yes, we should hate evil, but if we are honest, we realize that we are all capable of evil ourselves, that we all have our “shadow side”. The closer we get to God with our prayer, the more we recognize our own sinfulness. So if we condemn another, we must also condemn ourselves.
Today, be a person of the Beatitudes as Pier Giorgio was: bless those who persecute you. Call down Love, and bring the hope of Christ to all.
Bl. Pier Giorgio, pray for us!