Below you will find your March 2012 e-Update, our monthly digest meant to archive for you links to resources from the past month which you may have missed. Before you get to the relevant action alerts, PSA e-bulletins, etc., I have also included a reflection on today's Lenten readings from Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Colleen Kelly.
Reflection for the Second Monday of Lent
March 5, 2012
Daniel 9:4b-10 | Luke 6:36-38
"Justice, O God, is on your side." (Daniel 9:7)
"For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you." (Lk 6:38)
Hanging on my refrigerator is a quote by Thucydides, "Justice comes . . . only when those who have not been injured are as indignant as those who are." If you ask ten people what justice means to them, you will get ten different replies. Thucydides approached the notion of justice by focusing not on its definition, but on the conditions necessary for its existence within a society. The contemporary philosopher John Rawls believed similarly. He famously proposed determining the morality of a certain societal issue by looking at it through a "veil of ignorance," deciding on the morality of an issue without having any notion of one's place in society, deciding on the issue's merits alone. For example, what moral determination about slavery might an individual make if she or he did not know whether she or he would be deciding as slave or master? My children have whittled this philosophical argument down to a much easier proposition (as surely many of you are similarly aware). When it comes to determining who gets which piece of pie, one child cuts the pieces; the other gets first choice to decide which piece is his/hers. It's a pretty effective method of ensuring equality!
Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
This mandate is fairly universal among all major religious traditions. Whether the question is as benign as who gets a piece of pie, or as weighty as slavery, being the other for a moment should lead us to honesty in our answer.
(From Ashes to Resurrection, Death to New Life: Reflections for Lent 2012)
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