Lukewarm Lawyer


Lukewarm Lawyer
Poster by Emily May, Boston, MA


Forgive Us the Wrong We Have Done


As you look upon those who imprison us and upon those who deliver us to the torture chamber; when you consider the actions of our jailers and the heavy sentences passed upon us by our judges; when you pass judgment on the life of those who humiliate us and the conscience of those who reject us, forgive, O Lord, the evil that they may have done.

Remember, rather, that it was by this sacrifice that we draw close to your crucified Son: through torture, we obtain his wounds; through jail terms, his freedom of spirit; through punishment, the hope of his kingdom; through humiliation, the joy of his sons.

Remember, O Lord, that this suffering germinates, within us, the crushed seed that sprouts, the fruit of justice and of peace, the flower of light and love.

But remember especially, O Lord, that we never want to be like them, or to do to our neighbors what they have done to us.

-Brother Fernando, Brother Ivo, and Brother Betto, “Orcado de um prisioneiro” (“Prayer of a Prisoner”), in O Canto na fogueiro (“Song from the Execution Pyre”), Petropolis, 1977, p.346