February 5. It is said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Kings, presidents, leaders at any level, right down to families, are prone to wielding their power and controlling others. This can and does lead to violence and abuse, especially when there is resistance. Why is it that we hurt the most those we love the most? Why is sexual abuse, incest and rape happening within families more so than with strangers? What are the dynamics that lead creatures of all kinds to harm others, especially their close relatives? It might be possessiveness, greed or a low anger threshold that should be acknowledged. Could the same apply to animals who do not have the same potential to reason and love?
David regretted having taken a census of the people. He said to the Lord, “I have sinned grievously in what I have done. Take away Lord your servant’s guilt for I have acted very foolishly.” The Lord sent a plague over Israel, then David said to the Lord, “It is I who have sinned. It is I the shepherd who have done wrong. But these sheep, what have they done? Strike me and my father’s family!” Read 2 Samuel 24.
Pope Francis. God who wishes to work with us and counts on our cooperation can bring good out of the evil we have done. The Holy Spirit, who possesses the infinite creativity of the divine mind of God, knows how to loosen the knots of human affairs. LS 80