How do we overcome this evil of rejecting a brother or sister’s humanity, the same evil that provoked Cain’s sin? What are the necessary steps that would lead to this conversion? We find our inspiration in the words of the prophet Micah: You have been told, O mortal, what is good,
and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God. (Mi 6,8)
To do justice requires an honest acknowledgement of our failures and the restoring of right relationships between us. “If we acknowledge our sins (God) is faithful and just and will
forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.” To love goodness demands pursuing “what leads to peace and to building up one another.” It requires a determined effort, but even
more so, it requires humility; it requires each of us to ask for the grace needed to overcome this sin and get rid of this scourge.
(to be continued)