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The Minor Prophets

Is he a minor or major prophet? Would we pay attention anyway?

Is he a minor or major prophet?
Would we pay attention anyway?

None of the minor prophets
knew that he was minor, of course. Habakkuk, I imagine,
   thought that his visions earned him
standing as Ezekiel’s peer, if not indeed Elijah’s.
   Then there was Obadiah,
who could be forgiven if he thought he might be a Moses.
   How they would be remembered
Providence concealed from them all, though they could see the future.
   Maybe it doesn’t matter.
If you’re on a mission from God, sent to rebuke a city
   or to redeem a nation,
where by cannon-makers you’re ranked may be inconsequential.
   Nor is the voice within you
any less authentic for not having a distant echo.
   Seers of the world, be heartened.
Even minor prophets can have genuine revelations.
Source:Parallel Lives, Michael Lind. Wilkes-Barre, PA: Etruscan Press, 2007 – found on the Education for Justice website.

Dominicans for Peace and Justice

When I pray for peace,
I pray not only that the enemies of my own country may cease to want war,
but above all that my own country will cease to do the things that make war inevitable.

– Thomas Merton

Dominican Sisters demonstrating at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia

We pray for peace.
We pray for an end to violence and the teaching of violence.
Let us not study war any more.
We pray for all those who will be gathered this weekend at Fort Benning.
We pray for those who ask that we close the School of the Americas.
We pray for those who will cross the line.