I am pretty certain that everyone knows who George Bush is.People around the world see his smiling or scowling face whenever they watch the news on TV.I suspect that there are many who have never heard of Marla Ruzicka,her beautiful smiling face is rarely to be seen on our mass media.Her activities are not often referred to by our "free" press or our great corporate-owned mass media.She deserves no headlines because she has nurtured life rather than destroyed it.It is the killers,the murderers,the war-makers who get the publicity and the attention of the world.
Forgive us, Marla,for we know not what we do.
George Bush is always in the headlines:he is the leader of the most powerful country in the world.He is quoted and his words are heeded around the world--even though they are often mocked and ridiculed by people in other countries.He is a man of great power and with just a word from him countries are invaded and the most powerful military in the world is deployed to do his will.
He is truly a man of the world! But like so many men who are completely of this world he tells us that he is also a man of God.He says that he has been born-again and accepts Jesus Christ as his savior.He believes that God has told him to strike Iraq and he believes that he is doing God's will.He has also said that he believes in a "culture of life"--even though he has brought death to so many.Do you doubt this?--well,after all,it was on his orders that the bombing and invasion of Iraq began.He has also asked for his tax cuts, which benefit mostly high income people,to be made permanent.At the same time he wants to cut Medicaid and other programs that help the poorest among us.Is this what Jesus would do if he ran the government?
For those who have not heard of Marla Ruzicka(it is no surprise since I have only heard of her recently),she was a 28 year old American women who was recently killed by a bomb in Iraq.She was the founder of an organization called:Campaign for Innocent Victims of Conflict or CIVIC.She spent time in Afghanistan helping the victims of the war there and then when the war in Iraq began she moved there to help more helpless victims of warfare. The stated mission of her group was to:"mitigate the impact of the conflict and its aftermath on the people of Iraq by ensuring that timely and effective life-saving assistance is provided to those in need." She gave help to the helpless and hope to the hopeless and love and assistance to all she found in need.She displayed rare selflessness and courage in offering aid to the suffering people of Iraq.She also worked tirelessly in Washington to get aid for the people there.She devoted her life,which turned out to be a short one,to the welfare of others.
I have no knowledge of the spiritual life or religious beliefs of Marla Ruzicka,but she lived a truly Christian life,a life that could also be characterized as a truly Muslim life or a truly Buddhist life or a truly Jewish life,since all religions are supposed to love thy neighbor as thyself and help others who are in need.But how few actually live that kind of life;how few practice what they preach! I don't know what Marla preached,if anything, I only know that she practiced what so many others only preach.
I would ask all who read this one question.If there really is an afterlife that contains a heaven and a hell,which of the two human beings I have spoken of here is more likely to reside in heaven? "By their fruits ye shall know them". Compare the fruits of these two souls and tell me the truth,what do you think?