From One of Jesus’ Students in the United States of Amnesia

by Mark Chmiel

We are not to forget, to lose our hold upon the word of God as to our vocation (which is in effect much akin to the vocation of the prophet). To forget in this sense has the most serious moral consequence. Shortly or in the long run, the amnesiac falls in line. He is seduced and enlisted as votary of this or that illusion, ideology, hoax, of whatever empire. The latest war is “just,” the latest evil is the “lesser,” the current candidate of the political Olympus at long last will bring “change.”

–Daniel Berrigan, SJ; Isaiah: Spirit of Courage, Gift of Tears

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