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Let Us Pray for Boston

April 16, 2013

By Sister Renee Y.

candlesWhen evil intrudes again and again in our lives, we are tempted to accept it as normal; to say,” This is life as we must live it now. This is our reality.” We are tempted to become reactionary, to align our choices to the presence of evil, to be defined and paralyzed by its shadowy, cowardly potential.

In all acts like the Boston Marathon bombings, the evil-doer plots not only to injure, but to capture the wills of innumerable people and crush them into his own small hatred. Evil would like nothing more than to rob us of our light – our hope, our trust and our freedom. It would like nothing more than for us to exist in a world – as it does – defined by death rather than by life.

Whether evil comes to us in events like yesterday’s bombings, or in the everyday meanesses of some small, hate-filled individual, it will come. In our advanced technological age, it can take huge proportions. But whether small or large in its appearance, evil is equally debilitating when we allow it to control us – for that is its greatest desire: to rob us of ourselves.

So let this be our prayer for the people whose lives were affected by yesterday’s evil acts: may they have the courage and support to again choose life, hope, freedom and trust. May they never be defined by yesterday’s experience, but may they become their strongest selves despite it. And for those who lost their lives in this senseless act, may their memory encourage us always to choose life. For nothing could be worse than to live – as the perpetrator does – defined by death.

By everything we do today, and every day, let us consciously stand for love, mercy and life. It can be our way of offering healing to our injured world.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Anna permalink
    April 16, 2013 10:33 am

    Amen… violence begets violence … peace begets peace.

  2. Kathy Eliscu permalink
    April 16, 2013 10:56 am

    Beautifully said. I am honored to be an Associate of the Sisters of Mercy, whose hearts and words never fail us in keeping our faith positive and loving and real.

  3. shyanne permalink
    April 16, 2013 7:36 pm

    This is a beautiful way to show those people that there is more than evil out there, that there is good too.

  4. April 22, 2013 5:49 am

    renee thank you thank you thank you. your words touch my soul, exactly speaking ot what we feel worldwide. love, mercy and life back to you and wanting to be sprayed out over all the world. anne connolly

  5. April 26, 2013 5:08 am

    We pray that who ever the masterminds of such a terrible occurrence will be brought to Justice. Our GOD, is a good, loving and kind God who has a way of revealing the hearts of man.
    May Our lady, Queen of the most Holy rosary comfort the family of those who died, lost limbs or were in anyway affected by this unfortunate incident. Bless them Lord and let us try to live lives free of hatred, division and fear.

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