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EFJ Project Editor Dianna Ortiz, OSU, Offers Prayer at "Stop Torture" Rally

Education for Justice | Tue, May 27, 2014

Guantánamo Brothers, Forgive Us
                   —by Dianna Ortiz, OSU

O single Source from which all love and light flows,
We gather as a people united in the name of dignity and transparency.

As people of conscience, we look into the mirror of our souls,
Mindful of your words, “What you have done to the least of my brothers,
you have done to me.” continue

 Guantánamo Brothers, Forgive Us
                      — Dianna Ortiz, OSU

O single Source from which all love and light flows,
We gather as a people united in the name of dignity and transparency.

As people of conscience, we look into the mirror of our souls,
Mindful of your words, “What you have done to the least of my brothers,
you have done to me.”

Once again we have failed you.
We have allowed seeds of fear to blind us to what is truly right and just.

We have been duped by the luring words of our leaders
To see our Guantánamo brothers as the worst of the worst.

We have watched as our leaders impugn the truth
That these men are a threat to national security and to the global community.

How long, O Sacred Vision of Justice, how long,
Will we allow these men, who have had no charges brought against them,

To be hidden away from our consciences, and the requirements of our collective faith?
How long, O Sacred Vision of Justice, how long,

Will we let them wither away in despair, a testament—not to the promises of justice,
But to the violation of the sacredness and dignity of the human person?

In your name, we acknowledge that we have disgraced ourselves
In our treatment of our Guantánamo brothers.

In your name, we admit that we have encouraged seeds of hatred
To despoil the garden of thecommon good.

In your name, we recognize that we have played a role
In tearing families apart.

In your name, we confess that we have crucified You, once again,
In our treatment of our Guantánamo brothers,

Pain-bearer, Life-giver, we have failed you.
And, we have failed one another.

We ask for a forgiveness
That will reach into the very prison cells
Of our brothers at Guantánamo.

Only when we have done this,
May we turn and ask for forgiveness from You. Amen

(c) 2014 Center of Concern, Washington, D.C.