ObL Reactions

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.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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9 Responses to ObL Reactions

  1. John Donaghy says:

    The student’s response reminds me of the response of a former STA student’s child who when told of the death of Obama suggested that they pray a Divine Mercy chaplet for him. That’s where wisdom is.
    By the way, my response was also to offer a prayer – and I wrote one for my blog.

  2. David D. says:

    “I have struggled to come to terms with ObL’s death and the reaction here at home.”

    Then perhaps you should have said nothing at all rather than presenting your own incomprehension as an intellectually and morally superior response.

    • Liam says:

      Well, Fr Z has gotten into quite a schtick of anticipating his straw men; it’s creepy. He should stick to parsing the Latin orations, which he does quite well.

      • David D. says:

        Sorry for the tone of my initial comment. Despite my best efforts, I have been unable to avoid much of the commentary on this issue and have been left aghast at most of what I’ve read. I can’t help but think that the general acceptance of OBL’s death as a matter of justice, it was largely a matter of revenge.

  3. David D. says:

    Let’s try that last part again.

    I can’t help but think that although OBL’s death is generally being accepted as a matter of justice, it was largely a matter of revenge.

  4. Todd says:


    Incomprehension? That’s a stretch, my friend. All I said is that it’s difficult. And that, like it or not, is indeed morally and intellectually superior to the Z-zone.

    Of course this affair is a matter of vengeance. It has always been so.

  5. xpost left in CMR combox Monday morning:

    *We are obliged, when we profess “credo,” to behave as He would and as He commanded us. We must soberly face the verity and reality of His second greatest commandment, offered in stark truth and contrast to the intent of those officials who challenged His authority.
    *This event will be a “game changer” only in the realm of perception, perspective and speculation. This is why we ought to ponder, again soberly, how each of us receives and filters “news” and from whom do we choose to be the agent of the information.
    *Obviously, the chasm between the strategies of governments and their functions and how they are portrayed vastly and ironically on small devices to gargantuan media walls in our dens by organizations who have economic agendas at stake as they deliver “content” to us, that chasm is a grand canyon. How can we ever see the far side, the other side?
    *Adjunct to another CM article about the ire of JPII abou the Iraq war, I ask “How think you, Blessed Holy Father, of this?”

    God bless the USA, God bless us all, friend and foe, God deliver us from every evil.

    May 2, 2011 10:51 AM

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