Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Sr. Nirmal on Orissa

INDIA Orissa incidents shameful, love is needed now, says Sister Nirmala Joshi - Asia News:
At the end of her visit she wrote a letter expressing her pain for events in Kandhamal. In it she appealed to all “our brothers and sisters,” urging them to “put down” the “weapons of hatred and violence and put on the armour of love, asking forgiveness for the wrongs we have done to one another [. . .] forgiving those who have done wrong to us,” thus becoming “reconciled with one another, and reach[ing] out with love to each other, keeping in mind that works of love are works of peace.” Still she could not remain silent over the violence itself.

“It is a real shame for our country—the Republic of India, a secular state—that such things have happened,” she wrote. “We know the high ideals and the spiritual heritage of our nation.” For this reason, “[h]ow could we, not only as Indians, but also as human beings, the children of God stoop so low, do to our own brothers and sisters what has been done, violating their basic human rights, losing totally the sense of God, the sense of the sacred, and the sense of our very humanity created in the image of God!”

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