“God will wield authority over many nations; they will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift sword against nation, there will be no more training for war. Everyone will sit under their own vine and fig tree, with no one to trouble them. The mouth of Yahweh Sabaoth has spoken it.” (The prophet Micah Chapter 4).
Steph Curry practices his long range bombs from half court to be ready. The United States of America practices firing long range ballistic missiles from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California, in order to make sure they are ready. These missiles are like the ones built at Lockheed in Sunnyvale, California. They can also fly 4,000 miles into outer space and back to earth in 20 minutes and then hit a target within 300 feet. What a shot!!! Each long range missile can carry between 8 and 12 separately targeted nuclear warheads that will annihilate all life wherever they land.
For many decades the USA has practiced firing long range missiles from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California and aimed them at the MARSHAL ISLANDS, well beyond Hawaii – 4,000 miles away. These unarmed missiles had depleted uranium as part of their nosecone. Prior to our more recent test missiles, the USA exploded 67 live nuclear bombs on the Marshall Islands between 1948 and 1956. These bombs were many times more explosive than those dropped on Hiroshima. One of them was 1,000 times more powerful than Hiroshima’s bomb. Our brothers and sisters from the Marshall Islands have been radiated; they have been made homeless; they have been impoverished; and they have been used as subjects of medical studies (Project 4.1) on the effects of radiation on human beings.
In early March, the Pacific Life Community held a retreat to educate ourselves about our family in the Marshall Islands. It shocked me. The Marshallese we met remember above ground nuclear bombs exploding and contaminating their lives and killing parts of our family. The radiation from these above ground explosions and the many subsequent tests genetically changed generations of their children and destroyed their homeland.
We watched the movie NUCLEAR SAVAGE: THE ISLANDS OF SECRET PROJECT 4.1. We viewed pictures of deformed newborns (with heads 3 times the normal size). We saw young girls with legs that dangled limply. We heard mothers describe giving birth to “jelly babies.” Seeing these innocent victims was a nightmare but it does not compare with living through it with your precious family. (see trailer to movie)
This Lent, as we stop eating candy or having a drink (except on St. Patrick’s Day) or as we pray on Good Friday, I hope we will remember these current victims of today’s nuclear weapons and ask God to forgive us our trespasses.
“What is good has been explained to you; this is what Yahweh asks of you: only this, to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God.” (The prophet Micah Chap.6)
Have a Holy Lent,
Larry Purcell, Ronnie Georges, Sr. Mary Jane Floyd, Jan Johanson, Aida Figueroa,
J Arthur White and Susan Crane.
1. FOOD in any amount.
2. HOUSEHOLD NEEDS: toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, garbage bags, brooms, a shed for outside storage, laundry detergent, soap, toothpaste, candles, musical instruments, camping equipment for the homeless (tents, stoves, sleeping bags, tarps, ponchos), socks, back packs, etc. If you have questions about camping needs, call Susan (650) 366-4415.
3. DAY LABORERS: If you need gardeners, haulers, carpenters, plumbers, craftsmen or handymen call Cesar or Juan Carlos (day labor organizers) (650) 339-2794
4. A HOUSE or money to buy a house for another Catholic Worker Center. Call Larry for a free cup of coffee. (650) 366-4415.
5. BIKES and locks and other forms of transportation for the working poor. We can use cars, trucks, RV’s etc.
6. Your ongoing LOVE AND SUPPORT.