Child of the world, everyday we put faith in action, automatically.
When crossing the road, you hope motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians adhere to the highway code and traffic regulations, and that all people are sane and law-abiding. When an accident occurs, your faith is shaken – you either never cross another road again, or you learn what caused the accident and mindfully cross the road the next time with those learnings in mind and in faith.
You send your child to school expecting him to return safely after school relying on the school staff and security system. But there is a massacre and children are killed or in jeopardy. You can home school your child and never send him to school again for fear of recurrence or you just depend on the school to strengthen its security system and resume sending your child to school in faith.
Father Gannon of a neighbouring parish said that what happened in Sandy Hook School Newtown “is beyond horrific. It is unimaginable the agony that our brothers and sisters in Newtown are experiencing as they grieve the agonizing loss of their children and loved ones, so pure and innocent in the beginnings of life.”
He said the “best response we can have is our prayers and helping our children find consolation and strength in the infinite, overwhelming love of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our Lord shows us from the cross the infinite love, mercy and compassion that he maintains for us at every moment, that the Good Shepherd’s passionate desire is to keep us close to him for constant reassurance of his healing power through holy Mass every Sunday.”
“It’s a time to turn back to Our Lord because only he can provide us the strength and consolation that our hearts crave at this time,”.
Archbishop Lori shared the words of Blessed John Paul II which had been present in his own mind: “To receive Jesus Christ means believing that in the history of humanity, even though it is marked by evil and suffering, the final word belongs to life and to love, because God came to dwell among us, so we might dwell in him.”
How are you affected by evil happenings? With or without hope and belief?
Jesus says to you who are heavy burdened to come to Him and He will give you rest.