Once again we are faced with another act of senseless terrorism. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the people of Boston, especially those who were killed or injured and their families.

What does one say at a time like this? What is to be our reaction?

Of course, the first emotion we feel is one of anger that innocent people have been injured and killed. There is no rhyme or reason to these acts of terror. They are to be universally condemned.

But remember, the whole purpose of those who perpetrate these heinous acts is to make us afraid. That is why they are called terrorists and their acts called terrorism. They want us to terrorize us, to have us be afraid, to be too scared to go about our daily lives for fear that we will be their next victims.

We must not fall into their trap. We must go forward, living our lives as we normally do. In doing this, we do not forget those who have been affected by this horror; but we stand firm in saying that we will not succumb to the desired results of the terrorists.

I remember that Blessed John Paul II told us, “Do not be afraid.” Now our current Holy Father, Pope Francis, tells us to “never give in to pessimism.” Those sound like pretty good pieces of advice for all of us.

Let us continue to pray for an end to these attacks on humanity by those who apparently have no respect for human life, who will without any feelings of remorse or guilt take away innocent human lives in the pursuit of their own interests.

So, do not give up hope. Follow Christ in all things. He is our only hope and salvation!

The Concho Padre

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