The concept of what its technology was turned into was so upsetting to one discovering/inventing scientist, Albert Einstein (splitting the atom), that when he saw what his contribution was being turned into, he stated: “If I had known, I would have been a clock-maker." Moreover, those "tiny" weapons used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki are pinheads compared to the blast and destructive level of current ones.
Modern weapons of mass destruction and their magnitude of blast, damage, and death are so counter-creation, so counter-sacred human life, and so counter-God that in creating this new man-made unstable element for the periodic table – Plutonium - scientists could name it after nothing else but the Greek "god" of hell (or Hades), Pluto. And to think it was not a part of God's plan of creation (which is all very good) - we did it with our own hands. We brought hell to Earth.
My heart is filled with joy to see my fellow Catholic Workers doing prayerful and peaceful demonstrations against weapons of mass destruction in service to Jesus, the Prince of Peace. I am also proud of the leadership of our Catholic Church in the area of weapons of mass destruction and disarmament:
“One of the most serious [challenges] is increased military spending and the cost of maintaining and developing nuclear arsenals. Enormous resources are being consumed for these purposes, when they could be spent on the development of peoples, especially those who are poorest. For this reason I firmly hope that, during the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference to be held this May in New York, concrete decisions will be made towards progressive disarmament, with a view to freeing our planet from nuclear arms”
-address of His Holiness Pope Benedict [emeritus] to the Members of the Diplomatic Corps for the Traditional New Years Greetings,
“With the persistence of tensions and conflicts in various parts of the world, the international community must never forget what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as a warning and in incentive to develop truly effective and peaceful means of settling tensions and disputes. Fifty years after the Second World War, the leaders of nations cannot become complacent but rather should renew their commitment to disarmament and to the banishment of all nuclear weapons.”
-address of His Holiness John Paul II to the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Japan on their “Ad Limina.”
Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J. (91 yrs. old), another of the stalwart “greats” in the Catholic peacemaker (and poet) world exposes this theme of firey death poignantly in his poem, "Shadow on the Rock":
Shadow on the Rock
Having just spent my third of a three-week retreat at the grave site of Thomas Merton (Brother Louis), in honor of his life work of theology and holiness, in addition to his unwavering peacemaking (he was mentor to Fr. Daniel Berrigan), I ask his special intercession at this time of building two new nuclear weapons facilities in the United States. Also, pray against nuclear energy, with all of the wind, water, and solar sources to tap all around us, as there is a direct connection of the nuclear power business and nuclear weapons business. They cannot make nuclear weapons without the spent and highly radioactive "rods" from nuclear facilities. May we be channels solely of love and of peace, and not of danger, destruction, and bad stewardship of this beautiful world God has made.
At this outdoor site above, where these famous men are conversing and planning peacework, I also meditated and prayed. Pray for us, Fr. Dan and Brother Louis! St. Lawrence and St. Francis also pray for us! Mother Mary, Queen of Peace, intercede for us before your beloved Son!