(...) "Even today, long after they came of age in the drug era, the favellas themselves look magical at night. At a safe distance, their lights sparkle enticingly up and down the hillsides. But these worlds turn sinister when darkness falls. Last year I was visiting a meditation group in a favella in Rio. As the afternoon shadows lengthened the priest asked us if we would be disturbed when, soon after mass, the evening shooting would start. He saw my companions’ look of fear and suggested that we leave then and advised us to keep the lights on inside the car as we drove out".
Read this full story and others in Beauty's Field - Seeing the World, the new book by Laurence Freeman OSB. You can find the book here: http://tiny.cc/beautysfield