Daily Lenten Thought March 22nd

It’s so hard to take in all the heartbreak that’s around us these days. Over the weekend, many people lost their lives in accidents here in Ireland and our thoughts and prayers are with the many more, trying to make sense of what has happened. Our prayers too, are with those who have died, that they may enter Eternity and find lasting rest there.

Today we hear of more terrorist attacks in Brussels. It is so wrong and very frightening to know that there are people out there, people who were once little children – innocent babies, and are now so full of hatred that they can destroy the lives of people without giving it a second thought.

Religion is often blamed for this but it seems to me that no religion could justify the carnage that is being inflicted on our world just now. I wonder too, how “religious” are those who fill the minds of other with thoughts of hatred and show them how to carry out these atrocities.

The words of Jesus to the women of Jerusalem are surely relevant, “weep not for me but for yourselves and for your children” (Luke 23:28)  The world is surely weeping now. We need a Veronica and a Simon, to remind us that a helping hand is of more lasting value than a violent heart.

Coulter’s song about his home town of Derry comes to mind “We can only pray, for a bright brand new day for the town [THE WORLD] we all love so well.”

 

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