Meditation: Pope Francis and the Commentary of the Absurd

My might-as-well-be-sister Jen posted an article on Facebook earlier today about the Irish government’s recent declaration regarding trans folk, and I was reminded of Pope Francis’ commentary back in February:

Let’s think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few instants a very high number of human beings. Let’s think also of genetic manipulation, of the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory, that does not recognize the order of creation.

With this attitude, man commits a new sin, that against God the Creator. The true custody of creation does not have anything to do with the ideologies that consider man like an accident, like a problem to eliminate.

God has placed man and woman and the summit of creation and has entrusted them with the earth. The design of the Creator is written in nature.

Pope Francis’ comments made me pause and reflect for a moment.  Originally, I thought I had remembered the following piece as being part of something longer, and written by someone else.  As I was unable to initially locate a source, I’ve posted it here to use as a meditation over the next week.

If I am to be a weapon, then let me be a weapon of love:
     Let my acts of authenticity destroy hatred and bigotry.
     Let my songs of freedom break the strength of the Oppressors.
Let my life give hope, and let me listen before I speak.
              …let them who have eyes to see, see.

If I am to be a weapon, then let me be a weapon of justice.
     Let me be a shield to those under attack by the intolerant,
     Let me be a thorn in the side of the comfortable,
     Let me be a kick in the ass of the ignorant.
           ..let them who have ears to hear, hear.

If I am to be a weapon, then let me be a weapon of peace:
     Let my hands break the shackles of kyriarchy,
     Let my back carry those who cannot carry themselves,
     Let my voice be the one crying in the desert,
           …let them who have hands to do, do.