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Rick writes: Jenna and I leafleted the 9:00, 10:15 and
noon music masses at St. Patrick's Cathedral in midtown Manhattan today.
There was much security present outside including a police officer with
a fully automatic rifle and several Secret Service agents as the First
Lady of Ghana was attending mass.
We handed out 900 booklets mostly to people entering
or exiting the cathedral and I gave one to the First Lady as well!
Susan writes: When my friend and I got together at a
buffet restaurant last October, we ended up having a serious discussion
about why I am vegan. She told me that as a teenager, she had been
turned off by her dad's constant talk about nutrition after he converted
to a vegetarian diet for health reasons. So she didn't "hear" me at
first when I explained the ethical reasons why I don't buy/support/eat
flesh and animal products.
Finally, though, toward the end of our conversation,
the light broke through the clouds, and she started to "get" what I was
saying. The breakthrough happened when I told her to look up Genesis
1:29,30 when she got home. At first she argued that there was nothing
about not eating animals in the first chapter of Genesis. But I told her
that when she read the chapter again, she would see what I was meant.
She promised to do so.
Sure enough, the minute she got home that day, she ran
to her Bible. When she read the Genesis verses that she had never really
"seen," much less thought through, they opened a new world for her, she
Then she prayed for a couple weeks about this subject,
and poured over other verses in the Bible. She finally came to the
conclusion, in her mind and in her heart, that she no longer had any
valid reason to "use" animals. Eating their dead bodies is in complete
contradiction of her love for them, she realized -- and moreover is a
violation of God's deep love of and gentle care for His creatures.
So, as a result of her newfound Biblical
enlightenment, she now lives her compassion for animals. She said she no
longer eats meat except on rare occasions when she feels she will offend
another if she doesn't partake. I'm sure even that feeling will fade as
she grows in her conviction that it is even worse to offend the innocent
animals and that it is helpful to everyone in her presence when she
meekly, lovingly takes a stand for Truth, for Life, for Love (three
names that best describe God's nature and substance).
Learning of her new-found conviction and conversion
encourages me to keep up the good fight. In saying that, I realize that
this wasn't a case of me just spouting words, which don't have any power
in and of themselves. It's because my friend knows that I live love --
not only for animals but for all creation -- in my daily practice that
she was willing to reconsider her position. In other words, she admired
my non-hypocrisy! But even if we don't say anything to others, we can be
assured that our silent, clear-headed, pure-hearted, clean-handed
example is rubbing off on others, even when we're not aware of it.
Surely this redeeming experience was God's doing --
not a person exerting human pressure on another person. All the power
and glory goes to Him.
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