As has been true for so much of history, Europe once again finds itself on the front line of yet another religious and political war. And once again, the peace and security of a life lived without fear has been shattered. It is a scene that, tragically enough, we have all come to know very well.
There will be more to say about all of this in the days and weeks ahead. For the moment, I will re-post (click HERE) my article from two months ago entitled “9/11, Refugees, and the Evolution of War and of Peace” because all that was said then applies again today to the same situation.
However, no words written or spoken can articulate the sadness of it all. God’s own heart is torn open anew every time that lives are taken in this fashion. He invites us to remember that perfect justice is His alone, that He weeps with those who weep, and that the love of our enemies is a radical calling. The Lord never fails to use the tragedies of the human condition to bring about new possibilities for grace.
Our prayers are with the people of France. When the innocent are attacked in one part of the world, it is an attack on us all.