Oscar A. Romero once said:
“Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty.”
He also said,“There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.”
There are days and weeks our hearts must be broken by the lovelessness and hurt in our world. Society tells us that productivity, power, popularity and point-blank speech are virtuous and worthy pursuits. Yet, we see a world increasing with systems of violence, coercion (power-grabbing), anxiety, and fear mongering. When our hearts are finally broken by what we see tears will fill our eyes and we will long for a different kind of peace. It is then, in the words of Romero, we can see things as they really are and that these so-called virtues are not the fruit of virtuous character at all, rather the fruit of godless idolatry and pragmatism.¹ Productivity, power, popularity and point-blank speech will be seen as they should, instruments that work against peace, generosity, and the “tranquil contribution of all to the good of all.”
Tears have a way of washing the blindness from our eyes.
May our hearts break and eye be filled with tears. Perhaps then our hands will open, our feet will move, and we will follow the Way of Jesus, and become instruments of peace.