Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 30 March – Week Four We cannot simply ignore what is bad; we must confront it
Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” (Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Rather than becoming more involved in righting a wrong, we can be quite content avoiding situations which might be dangerous or even uncomfortable. History is riddled with situations in which evil has been allowed to thrive because ordinary people are not willing to stand up against it: slavery, Nazi-ism, Apartheid, corruption. But what are we doing when we allow evil to have its way? Are we not cooperating with evil when we refuse to confront it? History has also shown that when people unite for good, amazing things can happen. We can be brave in facing evil, knowing that God will always make good triumph.
Lord, God, grant me the grace not only to avoid doing evil myself, but also to be willing to stand up in the face of any injustice or evil.
Help me to speak truth to power, knowing that you are with me.