Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, the mother of two and former Scout leader who calmly confronted the Woolwich killers in hope of preventing further bloodshed, credits her heroic actions to her Catholic faith. The Telegraph reports:
Around her neck, she wears a small gold cross, encrusted with rubies and diamonds. She is a practising Catholic and partly credits her faith for how she acted. “I live my life as a Christian,” she explains. “I believe in thinking about others and loving thy neighbour. We all have a duty to look after each other. A whole group of people walking towards those guys would have found it easy to take those weapons out of their hands. But me, on my own, I couldn’t.” [Read the full interview.]
Her Catholic values also come through in the video interview above, when she is asked why she wasn’t scared to confront the murderers. Her answer: “Better me than a child.”
She was concerned because there were mothers with children around, and she was instinctively willing to risk her life for one of the least of these (Matthew 25:40). That is our faith. The words of Father Daniel A. Lord, S.J., in 1938 are just as true today: “It sometimes seems that the Catholic Church is the only institution in the world that deeply loves and in practice honors human life.”
Please join me in praying for all victims of violence, and for the conversion of sinners. We are in what is first and foremost a spiritual battle, and we need spiritual weapons. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
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The Father Lord quote is from his pamphlet Why Be Decent? (St. Louis: Queen’s Work, 1938).