Safety from violence

John Tyler, C.S.B.

From personal experience, John is very much aware that violence isn’t just an abstract concept. He believes each of us has a choice about how we view the world and how we respond to the violence that confronts us. We can choose the view that seems full of conflict, violence, resentment, hate, terrorism, jealousy, selfishness, greed. Or , we can hold the view that prayer reveals—the world of blessing, of life not death, that is under divine control and that Jesus called “the kingdom of God.” Choosing this spiritual perspective is crucial and will lead us to genuine safety.

In the course of this chat, John responds with healing thoughts to questions from people who have been robbed and whose friends have been attacked, who have suffered some form of abuse within the family, and who are concerned about violent images on TV and in films. He also answers questions about bullying, the temptation to commit suicide, and how to deal with anger in relationships so that it doesn’t flare into violent behavior. Site visitors also ask John about the value of prayer for people in distant lands and refer to violent crime in their communities, and he presents ideas about how to pray about these issues as well.

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