Story Of Nonviolence: A Victim Cares For His Mugger

Julio Diaz

I think I’ll probably jump all over with these stories, from small individual acts, to larger more collective ones. This story I came across last year when some friends pointed me to it. It’s a neat story because Julio Diaz seems to be taking a page right out of Jesus’ playbook (“if someone takes your coat…”). Here’s the story:

Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.

But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.

He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife.

“He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, ‘Here you go,’” Diaz says.

As the teen began to walk away, Diaz told him, “Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you’re going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm.”

The would-be robber looked at his would-be victim, “like what’s going on here?” Diaz says. “He asked me, ‘Why are you doing this?’”

Diaz replied: “If you’re willing to risk your freedom for a few dollars, then I guess you must really need the money. I mean, all I wanted to do was get dinner and if you really want to join me … hey, you’re more than welcome.  (read the rest of the story here)

I think we don’t realize that criminals are people too, often hurting people. I want to always keep that in my mind and experience every encounter as a chance to love others, like Julio Diaz chose to do.

Do you know of any other stories like this?

6 thoughts on “Story Of Nonviolence: A Victim Cares For His Mugger”

  1. Thanks for this story and this series, Ariah. When I was thinking about the phrase "stories of nonviolence", my mind popped the word "creative" into the middle of it. I think that because the cross is so paradoxical and counter intuitive to the way we are conditioned to live, it can take creativity and originality to live nonviolence, to love others. It's also aesthetically beautiful. The story of the cross is the greatest drama, and it unfolds daily in our lives.

  2. so can you write a post about your daily routine? i aspire to use my time staying at home with the kiddos as well as you do. any tips on doing that well?

    when do you do your blogging/reading/researching of different things?

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