Why I Weep: A Lament Election Day 2016 By Sister Kathryn Cliatt, OP The people have spoken and their words are filled with venom and hate. The people have spoken and neighbors tremble in their homes in fear of being driven from the land. The people have spoken and lovers of earth are terrified that treasures of the “Beautiful Blue Planet” will be sold to the highest bidder. The people have spoken and the poor and vulnerable anticipate the loss of access to health care are crippled by the certainty of being trapped in slums of poverty dread friends and loved ones being needlessly murdered in the streets. The people have spoken and women experience the oppression of the glass ceiling being lowered of all claims to equality being lost, of being owned again. The people have spoken and African Americans reel from flashbacks of history of physical, mental and spiritual abuse of life having no value of slavery. My God, my God, how can you forgive us? Our loving God waits patiently for us to turn our hearts and minds to the Divine loving touch of healing, transforming – so that our hatred becomes love our vengeance becomes forgiveness our enemy becomes our friend our Earth becomes our Mother all creatures become our brothers/sisters of creation. Our God will never abandon us.