Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Friday, April 07, 2006

The Church of St. Judas the Betrayer?

"In many a dark hour
I've been thinkin' about this
That Jesus Christ
Was betrayed by a kiss
But I can't think for you
You'll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side."
Bob Dylan, With God On Our Side

Thursday, April 06, 2006

dad cuts wood;

the thick smell of white
gasoline smoke, a whining
chainsaw, cool iced tea.

Dump dwellers

Below is a link to a Morning Edition story, 4/6/06. It's about a priest who works with a community of dump dwellers in Mexico.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5327140

What grabbed my attention was the priest's realization that he had to meet this community where it was and then work for positive change out of love and respect for the people of that community. It is something my friend Luis talks about a lot, a notion at the heart of Gerald Lopez' book "Rebellious Lawyering." I think it's an important concept to grasp, not only in our professional lives as lawyers working in the public interest, but in our daily lives as well.

If we are unwilling to meet people where they are, then our efforts to alleviate suffering will be counterproductive at worst and shots in the dark at best. In order to alleviate suffering, we must first know the nature of that suffering. In order to know that, we must work to know the people around us.