Actually, this includes women too!
HOW MEN CHANGE
by Father Richard Rohr
Men don’t change easily. Men don’t like to change; and because men are actually programmed not to change, but to solidify their opinions and their identities, it often leads to men killing others in one form or another. In fact, men are rewarded, admired, and elected for not changing! Unfortunately, this feels like most of human history. Stalin said, “One death is a tragedy. But when 150,000 people die, it’s a ‘statistic.'” Too often, we men are able to live in this detached world of statistics instead of inside of our own sacred humanity. No wonder Jesus’ first preached word was “change” (Matthew 3:2, Mark 1:15)!
In the wars of the 20th century, most countries involved claimed to be Christian—filled with people who claimed to base their lives on Jesus and his teachings. This is what happens when religion does not really change people, but is just the group to which you happen to belong.
Adapted from How Men Change: A Thin Time (CD, DVD, MP3)
Teach me about letting go,
surrender, and trust.
The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
– Romans 13:9
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary — the evil it does is permanent.
– Mahatma Gandhi
In many parts of the world the people are searching for a solution which would link the two basic values: peace and justice. The two are like bread and salt for mankind.
– Lech Walesa
from his Nobel Lecture
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