by John Dear
This Saturday, August 5, my friends and I will once again climb the mountain of Los Alamos, New Mexico, for our annual sackcloth and ashes peace vigil to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic terrorist attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where we vaporized two hundred thousand sisters and brothers, injured many more, and launched the nuclear age.
Today we are as close to nuclear war as ever, with a demogogue as president and a military war machine that is ready at a moment’s notice to unleash hell on earth. Business at Los Alamos is booming, and it’s Christians who spend their days building nuclear weapons.
We go to pray, repent and speak out in a spirit of Gospel nonviolence. Of course, our vigil looks ridiculous, but prayer and public action for peace are requirements of discipleship to the nonviolent Jesus. In such a time, at such a place, I’m not sure what else we can do. But I do trust that our prayer for nuclear disarmament will be heard.
The good news is that last month, the United Nations launched a new movement to outlaw nuclear weapons.
Source: Back to Los Alamos | Pace e Bene