by Ruth Battaglia // Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions
We held a contemplative prayer service at Marian University in Fond du Lac. In the manner of lament there was the silent naming of violence that was of concern to each person present. There was opportunity to share it with another person. Each person then wrote their “violence” on a piece of disappearing paper, processed to the front to drop it in a bowl of water, naming aloud what they had written if they wished. There was a follow-up reflection on the transformation that had taken place in the water, and how revolutionary love can transform violence. We read from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and then reread it with each person placing her/his name in the place of the word “love”. There were petitionary prayers and a closing reading from Clarissa Pinkola Estes in which she states, “In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.” We closed with the sign of peace and song.