Dean Brackley S.J. Reflection

This is an excellent article via James Martin S.J from this week's America magazine:

Meeting The Victim, Loving The Poor, a meditation from the late Dean Brackley, SJ, the Jesuit priest, educator and writer who died this week in El Salvador after a long battle with cancer.  

Dean had volunteered to work at the University of Central America immediately after the murders of his brother Jesuits there in 1989.

  It is an essay called "Meeting the Victim, Falling in Love."  (It seems to have first appeared in Brackley's book The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times.) 

It's an eloquent testimony to solidarity with the poor, and it beautifully explains why we are transformed by our encounters with the poor. 

It ties in well with this post from Thom over at Faith in The 21st Century.

Other articles on Dean Brackley from here and a variety of related links here

Dean Brackley speaks on the 20th anniversary of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador (2009) - pity it cuts out in mid sentence ...

"How I would like to engrave this great idea on each one's heart. Christianity is not a collection of truths to be believed, of laws to be obeyed, of prohibitions. That makes it very distasteful. Christianity is a person, one who loved us so much, one who calls for our love. Christianity is Christ." 

How do I treat the poor? Because that is where God is. The degree to which you approach them, and the love with with you approach them, or the scorn with which you approach them - that is how you approach your God. What you do to them, you do to God. The way you look at them is the way you look at God."

Oscar Romero
 "I'm quite aware that very soon the Bible and the gospel won't be allowed to cross our borders. We'll get only the bindings, because all the pages are subversive. And I think that if Jesus himself came across the border to Chalatenango, they wouldn't let him in. They would accuse [him]...of being a rabble-rouser, a foreign Jew...Brothers and sisters, without any doubt, they would crucify him again." -Fr. Rutilio Grande

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