Wednesday: ‘The dark angel draws his blade to join the fray.’ But is this the right thing to do? What good comes of fighting or of vengeance; the only real answer is love. That love starts within each and every one of us. So, before we add our grief or fear to a situation, before we take up arms be that in words or weapons, ask, what would love do? The angel has two black swans by his side.
The aboriginal story of black swans is that having been chased away from their lake, the swans (then white) land in a lake where eagles live and the eagles attack them, plucking every last feather off their bodies and leave them to die. A flock of crows offer their black feathers as a new coat which saves them.
We will all encounter difficulties in life that can turn us towards or away from belief in justice. Faith comes from trusting the way of love. Thomas Merton said in No Man Is An Island, “To believe in suffering is pride, but to suffer, believing in God, is humility.” Let us call these two black swans Faith and Humility.