Sunday, November 15, 2015

Prayers for Paris

"Where you do not find love, put love, and there you will find love." - St. John of the Cross

During such a tragic time we need to remember the wisdom behind such words by recognizing that darkness cannot defeat the light so long as the light does not refuse to shine. So let your light shine.

May we always lament the reality of evil in our world and not only when it comes in heavy doses such as a terrorist attack.  May we react with horror to injustice wherever it occurs whether it comes in the form of a single child dying of hunger or brutality or the hundreds who have been killed in Paris.

May we pray not only for the victims but also for the perpetrators. If we don't pray for their conversion then from where will it come from? Love wins when love refuses to quit. Don't give up praying, don't give up.

Don't give up.

My hope is that this bold manifestation of evil in our world will not leave us indifferent but would rather draw out a holy desire in people of good will to live the truth of love.  Hopefully, it will be inspiration instead of horror which will wake our sleeping and indifferent world.

For the sun will always rise to scatter the darkness. But what difference will it make if no one looks towards the light to see the coming of dawn?

Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. - 2 Peter 1:19