“Osama bin Laden – as we all know – was gravely responsible for promoting division and hatred between peoples, causing the end of countless innocent lives, and of exploiting religions to this end.
“Faced with the death of a man, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibility of each and every one of us before God and before man, and hopes and commits himself so that no event be an opportunity for further growth of hatred, but for peace.”Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesperson
Those who live by the sword die by the sword.
Matthew 26: 52
Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you.
Matthew 5: 44
Do not look for revenge… Vengeance is mine, says the Lord.
Romans 12: 19
Those who sow the wind will reap the whirlwind.
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles.
Father, forgive them; they know not what they do.
Luke 23: 34
Desire not to conquer or control, but love.
Some think your death will end terror
but terror does not rise or die with one man,
as Nazism did not rise or die with Hitler.
Terror rises from powerlessness
but responds to another kind of terror
that makes people powerless,
a terror of loving money and power,
controlling, hoarding, killing.
Obama bin Laden,
May Allah give you the graciousness to repent
for the deaths of innocents and soldiers,
for the loss that so many families feel
from your policies of terror and hate.
And may God give the West the graciousness to repent
of killing in the name of ending terror,
of the massacre of innocents through drone bombs,
of the killing by hunger of innocents by economic policies
that reward those already enriched
and leave the poor with less than crumbs.
Lord, have mercy on us all.
The text was reposted from Hermano Juancito with permission. I particularly appreciate John's sane voice today. Thanks, John!
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