"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.
Friday, October 01, 2010
The accuser of our brothers is cast out. - Revelation 12:10
The suicide of Tyler Clementi.
On the feast of the Archangels I meditated upon the verse from the Book of Revelation, referring to the Devil and Satan as the accuser of our brothers... who accuses them night and day before our God. How often do we align ourselves with the Devil and Satan when we accuse our brother? Or seek to expose his deeds before men?
I think this is what Clementi's roommate and his girlfriend did - they accused and exposed a young man - just for the satisfaction of proving their accusations to be true, they streamed it online. The upshot: the tormented, humiliated and shamed Tyler Clementi committed suicide... Tyler was an 18 year old kid, he had parents who love him. Imagine their grief.
Suicides and gay bashings and the ensuing gay battles are increasing day by day by day by day.
Going forward we must only speak the truth in charity, without duplicity, and with respect for the dignity of each person, ever keeping in mind that "the accuser of our brothers is cast out..." and God's mercy is limitless.
Photo: George Washington Bridge - site of Clementi's suicide.