Commemorating the murder of a saint like Dorothy — for I do believe that she is a saint even without sainthood — is never easy. I am reminded of all the hatred and gun violence that continues in our country as well as all over the world. And I am reminded to keep the pressure on in the US to change our laws to reduce this insane state of affairs. And do it with Dorothy’s zeal and never-ending diligence.
Dorothy Stang was all about love, for her family, her Sisters and the peasant farmers of Brazil for whom she gave her life. There is a piece circulating today which I gift my readers here. It includes a wonderful photo of her. It is as good as I could have written and it reminds us not only to work for better gun control but also to work for peace.
The one word I would correct in that article is that Dorothy was not killed by a farmer but rather by two hit men hired by ranchers who act illegally to push peasant farmers and settlers off their legally gained farms in pursuit of more land for cattle.
Let’s remember Dorothy and try to act for justice even in small ways, and remember, too, the poor of Anapu in the state of Para, Brazil who, inspired by Dorothy, live on in ways she taught.