In the Torah, Koran, and Aztec records
God was interpreted as being on our side
and therefore, when we go to war
it is a holy war and God’s will.
In the Trojan (Greek) and Mahabharata (East Indian) wars
God is on both sides, but you are called upon to do
your marital duty to free or reclaim a stolen spouse.
Humans always come up with some excuse
to make things better by killing other humans
therefore, we are always in a state of perpetual warfare.
Achieving justice and peace within major institutions
and religions cannot be achieved by individuals
it requires rigorous networking with others.
If not achieved that way, eventually there will be
serious revolt/storming of the barricades that protect power.
In spite of constant warfare and injustice
our lives are a process in which God
transforms us into holiness in ordinary ways –
holiness is God’s work
but requires our constant prayerful attention.
The two Saint Catherines: Genoa and Siena
made it clear that severe penance does not delight God
but rather unflagging reliance on God’s mercy.
The greatest gift of mercy to someone suffering
is your presence – full presence comes from either
Buddhist mindfulness or the Holy Spirit.
Mindfulness is like the Holy Spirit
in that both allow us to touch Ultimate Reality:
Trinity in Christianity and Nirvana in Buddhism.
Christ on the Tree of Redemption
and Buddha under the Bo Tree
are archetypal counterparts of the World Savior.
Whereas scientific truths are communicable
religious truths are not – they must be experienced
in silence and solitude. The solution to perpetual war
is to quietly promote the nonviolence of the Buddha
and the Prince of Peace.