LESSONS FROM THE HOLOCAUST
and every other unspeakable crime against mankind, is a lesson, etched
in unfathomable suffering, stamped in blood and irrevocably sealed in
dying — that we, every man, every woman, every child, must never again
make the pretense of blindness in the face of evil.
If we do not have
the courage to confront evil in uncompromising terms, to stamp out every
vestige of evil in our midst, to rip aside the euphemisms that we contrive
to mask the face of evil before the outrage of our conscience — then
by our default we have entered into complicity with evil.
By our very
silence we have enacted, and continue to enact, the enormity we pretend
Because we have failed to recognize our own destruction in
the destruction of the lives of others, the dying of every man, of every
woman, of every child by the sword of our silence is, despite our desperate
pretensions, the inexorable dying of our selves.
Boston Catholic Journal