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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sister Megan Rice: Sacred all life

First Day of Creation (1493 Nuremberg Chronicle)
Sister Megan Rice, an 84-year-old nun, was recently sentenced to approximately three years in federal prison.  Her crime?  Staging a nuclear-weapons protest by breaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee…

People reports that at one point during her hearing, Rice asked the judge whether she and those so moved could sing a short song in order "to lighten the atmosphere." After permission was granted, these words were sung:  Sacred the land, sacred the water, sacred the sky, holy and true…

These are not new-age proclamations.  Genesis 1 makes it perfectly clear that in God's eyes Creation was blessed and good. It therefore makes sense that a nun and two fellow Catholics would protest the potential destruction of God's precious planet.  In fact, Rice's codefendant Michael Walli stated:  was acting upon my God-given obligation as a follower of Jesus Christ.

Wikipedia explains that Rice's parents were good friends with Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker movement.  Rice herself "joined the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus at age 18."  She has served this world tirelessly and graciously ever since.

While awaiting sentencing, Rice spent the past nine months in jail.  This experience "opened her eyes to the suffering of prisoners" within a society "that invests in weapons instead of people." 


Copyright February 20, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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