“When he had washed their feet and put on his clothes
again he went back to the table. ‘So you understand’ he said,
“what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and
rightly: so I am. If I, then, the Lord and Master, have
washed your feet, you should wash each other’s feet. I
have given you an example so that you may copy what I
have done to you.’” (John 13)
As I was cuffed and stuffed into the back of a paddy wagon by one of Sunnyvale’s finest, Steve Kelly S.J. was next. He too was cuffed. As all of his pockets were roughly turned inside out in the futile search for weapons, I asked, “Steve, what are you giving up for Lent?”” He replied, “Apparently, everything.”
For 4 days, 77 members of the Pacific Life Community had been at Vallombrosa Retreat Center to remember the past (Hiroshima/Nagasaki), celebrate our present friendships and plan actions in the future to “save the world” from nuclear extinction. The arrest at Lockheed for members of the Pacific Life Community was nothing new. Many of us had been returning to Lockheed and other sites crucial to our nuclear arsenal since the early 70’s. In our group of 77, we don’t wear war medals or ribbons on our chests; but we probably have over 25 years of cumulative jail time for resisting war and nuclear weapons.
Being arrested in the name of LIFE should not come as a surprise to Christians – especially as we celebrate Holy Week. When we re-enact the life, death and life-in-death of Jesus, we remember the past, celebrate the present, and hope for a better future – all of this centered on Jesus who was arrested. One of the earliest chroniclers of the Jesus story was the Disciple Paul and Paul wrote a number of his encyclicals from jail.
“I, the prisoners of the Lord, implore you therefore to lead a life
worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in
complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can
to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you
together…..If we live the truth and in love, we shall grow in all
ways into Christ, who is the head by whom the whole body is
fitted and joined together, every joint adding its own strength,
for each separate part to work according to its function. So the
body grows until it has built itself up, in LOVE.” (Eph 4)
Paul, in prison, was simply following the example of our Lord.
As far as I know, Jesus didn’t get any more T.V. and newspaper coverage for his arrest than we did. But people of non-violence, people of the book have this belief that the TRUTH will win out.
So dear supporters, as Susan Crane, Steve Kelly S.J., Mary Jane Perrine, Ed Ehmke, Peggy Coleman, a few others and I recover from just a few days in jail, we ask you, we beg you, we implore you, in the name of God, STOP THE KILLING and stop preparing to kill.
Love and peace,
Larry Purcell, Ronnie Georges,
Sr. Mary Jane Floyd, Jan Johanson, Aida Figueroa,
J. Arthur White and Susan Crane
FOOD in any amount.
Household needs: Laptops, ipods, tablets, calculators for high school & college age teens, Simple Green cleaner, Pine Sol, garbage bags, socks, dish soap, 8 ½ X 11 paper, etc. We hope to have grant $ for 4 college students at $2,000 each. If you want to help, call Larry (650) 366-4415.
3. TRANSPORTATION: Putnam Automotive recently donated to us a beautiful used car and we gave it to Guadalupe Catholic Worker. We can always use cars, trucks, bikes and any other means of transportation for the poor.
4. Teachers and tutors for our English Language School or our after school tutoring program.
Call Sr. Mary Jane (650 366-8315).
5. A house or money to buy a house for a new Catholic Worker House. We need to help young disciples be able to live and work with the poor for free for the rest of their lives. Call Larry for coffee: (650) 366-4415.
6. If you need a painter, carpenter, hauler, gardener or other worker, call the laborers and ask for Cesar or Juan Carlos at (650) 339-2794.
7. Your ongoing love and support.