Posted by Filipe Domingues
In the context of the outrage over the 43 students in Mexico, who went missing and who local authorities later confirmed were killed, some of The Lay Centre residents invited friends who live in Rome for an afternoon of meditation and discussion about the presence of evil in our society. For them, it was a small gesture of solidarity and closeness to all the Mexican people, who suffer and fight against evil in its various forms.
The “Meditaciones sobre el mal” (Meditations on evil) were a spontaneous initiative by the students. They took place at The Lay Centre on 14 November. Participants broached the question of evil from spiritual, sociological, biblical and philosophical perspectives. Themes included: evil and forgiveness; illuminating the darkness of evil; evil and the structure of mass media; evil in the Old and New Testaments, and; beauty and the challenge of evil.
As a Mexican participant said: “If evil exists as darkness, meditation is a spark. A small one, but one able to light fires of justice on a path toward authentic peace.”