“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” These words spoken by Mahatma Ghandi in 1947 are no less true today. Following the ISIS attacks in Paris, some people have said to me: “They’re Muslims and all Muslims are the same. We should get rid of them all.”
I could say the same of the Catholic Church: “Those Catholics are responsible for the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Hundred Years War after the Reformation. We should get rid of them all.”
But no more are all Catholics guilty of these events, based on distorted views of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, than all Muslims are guilty of what the terrorists do with their distorted view of the Quran.
As the Catholic priest chaplain for KentuckyOne Health, every day I stand at the bedside of a patient with their medical team. When I stand next to an Indian doctor who is Hindu, I see a brother using his healing arts to help a patient. When I stand next to an Arab nurse who is Muslim, I see a sister using her healing arts to help a patient. When I stand next to a Jewish technician, I see a brother using his healing arts to help a patient.
The spiritual person can never fall prey to “them vs. us.” The spiritual person must see “we.” No matter our color, gender race or religion, we are humanity. Unless we learn this truth, the whole world will be blind.
Father Dennis D. Knight