I will never forget the comment of one of those young inmates. “Reverend, almost all of us in this prison are from about four or five neighborhoods in New York City. It’s like a train that begins in your neighborhood. You get on when you are 9 or 10 years old, and the train ends up here — at Sing Sing.”
I believe that if there is any hope of reducing violence in our lives and our communities, it will come from the church. No doubt many church people, myself included, have help spread violence when we passed on the hurt, the pain or the indignity, rather than following Jesus’ example on the cross, prayed: “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (LK 23:24) The above video has given me insight, hope and compassion for those of us caught in the world of violence. I hope it does the same for you.