There are still nearly 16,000 nuclear weapons on the planet, some 1,800 on Cold War-era hair-trigger alert on land, in the air and under the seas, ready to destroy all human past and future achievements in a few minutes. We’ve been on the brink of self-annihilation for 70 years.
This year we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The two bombs dropped on August 6 and 9, 1945, killed an estimated 200,000 men, women, and children, the great majority of whom were civilians. Nagasaki was the center of Japanese Catholicism in 1945.
We stand on the shoulders of Giants. New Testament language: A great cloud of Witnesses. What kept them going? We can’t be them. We have to find our own source. Be who we are. We get a clue from one of those giants, Dan Berrigan.
By Cesar E. Chavez Show me the suffering of the most miserable; So I will know my people’s plight. Free me to pray for others; For you are present in every person. Help me take responsibility for my own life; So that I can be free at last. Grant me courage to serve others; For […]