I have struggled to come to terms with ObL’s death and the reaction here at home. After a few days’ thought, I’ve concluded that mixed feelings are entirely normal and moral. Anybody’s who’s sure about what to say, do, or feel, is probably not going deep enough with an opportunity that’s not quite black and white.
Then, of course, we have people who like to speak for others, in a sort of boneheaded way, of course. Sheesh. You know the spiritual tank is empty when the best you can come up with is projecting nursed hatreds on others.
A student friend of mine, much wiser, e-mailed me and a bunch of friends late Sunday night.
It is 11:45 and I am sitting listening to the joy and celebration that the death of Osama bin Laden has caused for our fellow students and am getting sicker by the minute. I can barely type because I am literally shaken up by the terrifying response of our fellow countrymen. As I sat here in despair wondering what is wrong with people to be celebrating death, violence, and war I called my sister who reminded me that I am called to pray for these people too.
Christ says “But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Luke 6: 27
So I would like to invite all who are as upset and troubled by the celebration of death and the amount of hatred that exists in our world and on our campus to pray a rosary with me on Monday. I am thinking about doing it at five in the Daily Mass Chapel unless there is a more convenient time for people. Count on me being there at five unless you hear otherwise though. And please invite anyone who would like to join as I sent this to a group of people who I thought might be interested but know there are more advocates for peace in our parish.
More advocates for peace: yes, we definitely need that.