A Time To Break Silence; or, The Elephan in the China Cabinet-
Emmaus Community - An independent home-church ministry with an ALF for veterans
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner


Recent Posts

Property update
Love, What does It require of us?
A New Year - A Year for New Found Friends
Treasures in Heaven; or, that other place
Interior "Our Lady of the Mountains" Edgewood, New Mexico

Most Popular Posts

Dogs and Cats - Miracle Workers and God's Gift to Us-
The Function of Prayer
The Slaughter of the Innocents: 2013
Just Do It
"Bill"/"Sue" Their Story : The Elephant in the Room

Categories

"Bill" and/or "Sue" : The Elephan in the Room
"Come Follow Me"
"I Did - I sent You!"
"Teardrops that Tango"'
A Coming Day of Judgement
A difficult decision to make.
A Forgotten War -And A Saint Come Together
A Great Shame
A Holy Pilgrimage
A Home at Last; finally, a Home
A long winded share! But, a good one!
A Morning Reflection
A Need and a Prayer Request - On Our Behalf
A new Home for St. Patrick
A not so sacred honor
A Personal Thank You to the NM Dept. of Corrections
A Private Gethsemene
A radical Transformation
A Time To Break Silence
Abide In Me
All Suffering Has Meaning and Dignity - -
An Angel Comes Into Our Lives
An Ecumenical Monasticism Community in Today's World
An introduction
An update
Appreciate?
April 10th
April 14
April 15th
April 17
April 18th
April 19th
April 27th
April 3
April 4th
April 9th
Are you an 'unchurched Christian?
Are You and Instrument of His Love?
Back in the Saddle
Back in the Saddle Again!
Back on line....
Compline for 29th December
Crossroads
Dark Night of the Soul.
D-Day
Deep Within Is Rooted Calm
Dust, Not in the wind!
Edgewood, New Mexico Property
Educate, the first step
FAITH: The Dragon Slayer
Far greater than silver or gold.
Feeling the Emptiness
Forgiveness
Fruit
Gifts
God Bless to All
Gone, But NEVER forgotten!
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
Greetings!!!
Grief
Have Been on Sick Leave
His Last Prayer
His Message of the Ages
His One and Only Commandment
His Refelction - Can You See It?
Home Sweet Home!
I will never forget
If but one...then for that one, it is worth it!
If we would follow Christ
In Memoriam for ALL of Our Fallen Warriors
In Service to All Mankind
In Texas for a few days!
Is Yours the Real Thing? Or....
Jacob's Ladder - Our Ladder
Joy to the World
Just "Plain Wrong!" as Will Rogers might say.
Just Beyond the Sunset
Just Do It
Kindness ........
KOB-TV ABQ, New Mexico
Leading and Learning to Lead....
Leave No One Behind.
Lest We Forget
Liberty, the lady
Light at the end of the tunnel!
Love, What does it require of us?
March 5th
May 12th
May 17th
May 18th
May 19th
May 22nd
May 24th
May 3rd
May 4th
May 7th
May 9th
May God Have Mercy On Our Souls
May13th
May14th
Memorial Day
Mercy, Compassion and Forgiveness...
Military Dog Adopted by Grieving Family
Miracles
Miracles, do we see them?
Modern, Ecumenical Monasticism
More Than Just Brothers in Arms........
More Than Ten Reasons WHY?
Motivation, who me?
Needs
Negotiations with God - Prayer
Never Can We Forget! Never!!
Never Forgotten
Never the Same as When They Left.......Never
New Mexico - A Very Special People
No Greater Love is There Than This --
No Greater Love is there.....
Number Crunchers
Oh, Boy!! A Most Difficult Decision
Oil on Troubled Waters
Only Fiath Succeeds.
Oodles and Oodles of Prayer, Ladels and Ladels
Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ
OUr Journey Continues
Our Lady of the Mountains Grounds and Building
Our Lady of the Mountains - Interior
Our Men and Women Warriors
Our Mission
Our New Family Member....
Our One Mission
Our One Purpose - Our One Mission
Our Schedule for next week -
Paper Airplanes
Peace
Peacemakers
Prayer Life....Huh? What's That?
Prayer to St. Mary Magdalene....by St. Anselm
RAFFEL EVENTS August to October, 2013
Reminder of Our One and Only Mission
Rick Simpson's Oil
Season begats Season...
Seasons
Seasons!
Standing Before God in Prayer
Strangers - ?
Such are hard to find these days!
Suffering
Sunday, just past
Taize
Taize Services @ Emmaus House
Thank You - Cinnabon
Thank You - WalMart
Thank You - Wal-Mart!!!!!
Thank You! Cici's Pizza
The Albuquerque Balloon Festival - 2013
The Cost of Freedom You Enjoy
THe ELephan is in the China Closet Already
The Faith of the Kells, our example today-
The FUnction of Prayer
The Good News: Here!
The Great Commission: A Different View!
The Journey of a Thousand Miles........
The Lover and The BEloved
The Perfect Pain Pill
The Prize
The Same Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow
The Silence of Jesus Christ
The Slaughter of the Innocents: 2013
The Tree of Creation -
The True Purpose
The way He carries His cross: Me
This Should Make you cry
Time Alone With the Lover of Your Life
To Love as He has loved us-
To Serve Mankind
Tour Bus Christianity
True Forgiveness
True Readiness -- Chester Nimitz, Admiral US Navy
Unless We Abide
UNM Daily Lobo
Virgil Trucks, never forgotten
Walls
We give Him the thanks and glory.
What Do You See?
What do you value most?
What will He find
What Will You Do With Your Treasure
When will we ever learn?
Where Charity and Love Prevail ---
Where Do You Live?
Where Do You Stand?
Which is it? Do you pretend to be a sheep in His flock?
Who Are Our Friends
Who Was That Masked Man?
Why Military Professionals do NOT get the job
Why?
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing
Yet Another
Your Community - Where You Are At Any Moment!

Archives

July 2016
March 2016
January 2016
November 2015
September 2015
August 2015
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013

powered by

Abbot Fr Chris's Blog

A Time To Break Silence; or, The Elephan in the China Cabinet-

"I am as deeply concerned about our troops there as anything else. For it occurs to me that when we are submitting them to  . . .is not simply the brutalizing process that goes on in any war where armies face each other and seek to destroy.  We are adding cynicism to the process of death, for they must know after a short period there that none of the things we claim to be fighting for are really involved."--- Dr. Martin Luther King
 
Martin Luther King  spoke passionately to the suffering of soldiers in combat and returning war veterans in a way that challenges and informs us even today. Exactly one year before his assassination, he gave an address at Riverside Church in New York to a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned, that included the passages above.   Alternately referred to as "A Time to Break Silence," "Beyond Vietnam," or "When Silence is Betrayal," the content is no less riveting than "I Have a Dream" but is rarely quoted on the King holiday.
 
Revisiting it now, I am struck by its contemporary relevance.  At Riverside, King talked of soldiers from poor backgrounds serving and dying in extraordinarily high proportions relative to the larger population, of black young men told that they were fighting to insure freedoms that--truth be told-- they did not fully enjoy at home.  Dr. King railed against this "cruel manipulation,"  adding that it was an equally "cruel irony"  that Americans could watch TV images of black and white soldiers  killing and dying together "for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools."  Their lives were being sucked into what he called a "demonic destructive suction tube" that swallowed people, skills, resources, and futures.
 
It seems to me that for some years now we have been witnessing the cynical, cruel manipulation of brave soldiers and veterans in order to prolong the spiritually bankrupt "war on terror."  During the Bush Administration, support of a war based upon lies was demanded as a way of being "loyal to the troops."  The cruel irony is that it was the commander-in-chief's lying disloyalty, and our complicity, that created the predicament.  Suggesting that more soldiers needed to die, kill, and be traumatized in order to be faithful to them has been what Dr. King would call "brutal solidarity." The new administration has employed the language of change  but invested in much the same substance.  The"demonic destructive suction tube" continues to swallow futures, sacrificed to a perverse prosperity. 
 
Amid all of the tortured justifications for the compounding of violence in Afghanistan, Iraq, at "black sites," and at home, the truth of what has been done to our sons and daughters has been revealed publicly in the epidemic proportions of PTSD, depression, brain injury, suicide; inadequate services and repeated official denial of the scope of suffering; the  horror of continued multiple deployments.  It's all there to be heard, seen, and felt.

1 Comment to A Time To Break Silence; or, The Elephan in the China Cabinet-:

Comments RSS
Import bulk water china on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 5:24 AM
So true of you while pointing out the warmth and depth of the issue. The subject matter was the sensitive one which bounds one to have a thought on it for a while.
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Website:
Comment:
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint