Using our bodies as a sign of peace while trying to embody Christ’s message

There is an image I couldn’t forget after reading James Martin’s chapter on St. Francis of Assisi in “My Life with the Saints.”

It is the picture of Martin as a young Jesuit seminarian and a gang minister named Brother Bill standing in the middle of a Chicago intersection between two warring gangs. As the two prayed, the gang members exchanged threats and a few glass bottles flew back and forth, shattering on the pavement; then the shouting stopped and the gang members on each side turned and slowly walked away.

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