Friday, 17 March 2017
Not with malice but with love
And this is something we need to hear more about, especially in these times of ugliness and hate. The way to healing can never be through retaliating against the one who has wounded us, but through loving them. How this can translate to politics, security or foreign policy is another matter, but surely not an impossible one. Those to whom evil is done, wrote WH Auden chillingly, Do evil in return: but the life and example of Patrick shows that another way - the way of responding in love - is not only possible, but far more effective and redemptive, both for the lover and those to whom love is given.