Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Pope Pious: Pray For Bombers

Pope Pious has asked us not just to pray for those killed and injured by the bombings in London. He has asked us to pray also for the bombers.

We will be wise to take his advice.

Remember Romans 12:20 - echoed in Proverbs 25:21-25:

If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.

You have the right to hate the bombers, of course. But by hating them, please understand that you help breed more hate and terrorism.

It is not easy to forgive and bless those who are so destructive, but we must. It is only through our prayers that God can reach through their confusion and hate and reactive their hearts so they do not bomb again.

Blessing our enemies is a commandment from God that will, eventually, free us of terrorism if we follow it.

It may be the most difficult thing you ever do - to turn your will to forgive instead of fear and hate. Hate is addictive.

But please, today, make that decision that will help change our moral climate.

May the words of St. Francis help you:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your Peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal light.

May God Bless You.


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