It is late Sunday evening. I hope that the Disarm Now Plowshares 5 are resting well, and I look forward to greeting them tomorrow morning. Reflecting back on Friday afternoon after a very long day in court, their lightness of heart during the jury’s deliberations and that evening was remarkable.
Walking with Steve Kelly up the hill from the courthouse to St. Leo, his greatest concern – and even that was minor – was that he might be catching some sort of cold or flu virus, and he was most concerned that he might transmit it to others.
Knowing, as they do, the likelihood that this jury will convict them on at least some of the charges, they were still able to smile, and laugh and sing with the rest of us on Friday evening. Their deep conviction in something beyond themselves gives them strength to stand outside of the very powers that seek to silence them so that it may continue to pursue its endless quest for power and global domination.
Going into their Plowshares action the Disarm Now Plowshares 5 knew the consequences and were (and still are) willing to pay the price the government will demand. They have put themselves on the line for peace. They remind us that there is a price to being a Peacemaker, and make me ask myself if I am doing enough, giving enough of myself in the name of PEACE.
So I leave you with a quote by Daniel Berrigan; food for thought on the eve of what will likely be the final day of the Disarm Now Plowshares trial:
We have assumed the name of peacemakers, but we have been, by and large, unwilling to pay any significant price. And because we want the peace with half a heart and half a life and will, the war, of course, continues, because the waging of war, by its nature, is total—but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial. So a whole will and a whole heart and a whole national life bent toward war prevail over the mere desire for peace…. There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war—at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.
Note: Court reconvenes tomorrow morning at 8:50am, and Judge Settle will bring the jury in at 9:00am to give them instructions before sending them back to continue their deliberations.