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  • Deacon Dan Wright serves the Diocese of Austin, Texas. His work outside the parish is as a special education teacher serving students with significant cognitive disabilities.

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September 17, 2007

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JustMe

Amen. When those in authority don't question their own authority, and when we out here do not question their not questioning, we all end up wearing the blood of Enola Gay, My Lai, and Terri Schiavo. Blood runs the same color for Rwanda, Haiti, Congo DR, Israel, Palestine, all the mideast, England, Germany, Russia, Ireland, Africa, No. Korea..

If we each questioned ourselves first about who is the source of authority in our own lives, and then, rather, Who it ought to be, we would come to the root of the problem. We would also taste real freedom, and finding it delicious, would uphold, export, outsource that.

JustMe_again

I forgot to add that when those in authority don't question their own authority, and when we out here do not question their not questioning, we all end up wearing the blood of a stained Church. Even well-meant blind loyalty to authority doesn't always yield a good outcome, and only later do the victims begin to come out of hiding, wondering if it's safe to show their baffling and undeserved wounds. Those in authority over us have not been lightly placed there, and are not lightly trusted. Indeed, there is great woe in our every failing to police ourselves. I'm struggling to say something positive, here, but have a time crunch.. let it suffice to say, thank you, Deacon Dan, for your loyalty and obedience and respect for the Church which springs from your loyalty and obedience and respect for God.

Gabrielle

I've been going back and forth for a couple of days between here and JustMe's own reflection on this gospel passage on her own site. Here I find faith and trust in Sure Authority, and there I find the promise of Sure Authority's Divine Mercy when we fail in faith and trust. Many thanks to both of you.

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