Prayer Vigil at Roxel – Resources 6

At the end of our vigil at the gates of Roxel this meditation was read.

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MEDITATION ON A BROKEN WORLD

“In the end, man destroyed the heaven that was called earth.

The earth had been beautiful until the spirit of man moved over it and destroyed all things.

And man said…

Let there be darkness…and there was darkness.

And man liked the darkness: so he called the darkness “security”.

And he divided himself into races and religions and classes of society.

And there was no evening and no morning on the seventh day before the end.

And man said…

Let there be strong government to control us in our darkness.

Let there be armies to control our bodies, so that we may learn to kill one another neatly and efficiently in our darkness.

And there was no evening and no morning on the sixth day before the end.

And man said…

Let there be rockets and bombs to kill faster and easier:

Let there be gas chambers and furnaces to be more thorough.

And there was no evening and no morning on the fifth day before the end.

And man said…

Let there be drugs and other forms of escape, for there is this constant annoyance- REALITY which is disturbing our comfort.

And there was no morning and no evening on the fourth day before the end.

And man said…

Let there be divisions among nations, so that we may know who is our common enemy.

And there was no morning and no evening on the third day before the end.

And finally man said…

Let us create God in our image.

Let some other God compete with us.

Let us say that God thinks- as we think, hates as we hate, and kills as we kill.

And there was no morning and no evening on the second day before the end.

On the LAST day there was a great noise on the face of the earth.

Fire consumed the beautiful globe, and there was —- SILENCE.

The blackened earth now rested to worship the one true God;

And God saw all that man had done and in the silence over the smouldering ruins HE WEPT.”

[From G.A. Maloney, S.J., Broken But Loved ]

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