To Pray For the Victory Over Terrorism

Surely I’m not the only one to notice that on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, 2011, Blessed Pope John Paull II was beatified and Osama Bin Laden was killed. Is it a miracle? Is it a coincidence? I have no idea.

Perhaps it was a miracle, the first one since our late Pope was officially recognized as a saint. I don’t know the answer. Here is how I feel about the news of Bin Laden’s death though,

I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.

Mark Twain gets the credit for that quote. And though I’m not doing cartwheels and high-fives to everyone I meet today over Bin Laden’s death, I am hoping that this is the beginning of the end of the War on Terror.

If it’s too early to call today V-T (Victory over Terrorism) Day, then my prayer is that the events yesterday are a major victory on the campaign to achieve V-T Day very, very soon. The fact that it coincides with Divine Mercy Sunday and the beatification of a peace loving Pope give me hope that this is the case.

Blessed Pope John Paul II, pray for us!

  • Jeremy

    I agree, there is a hope that what Osama instigated will now start to fade away. But we should also have another hope, one that does not result in us doing "cartwheels and high-fives" because of his actual death. I blog about it here:

  • Sarah Harkins

    You're right- what timing! I found out this morning, so I wasn't putting two and two together. Yes, I'm sure it is a miracle from our JPII the GREAT! Praise God! I've been on cloud nine all day from this wonderful news.

  • Jo Anne

    Hey Frank!I was thinking the very same thing…….I am also thinking of Shabazz Bhatti, Pakistani Minorities Minister, Roman Catholic murdered 02 March 2011 for speaking out against injustice to Christians.Blessed Pope John Paul, ora pro nobis!St. Thomas the Apostle, Patron of Pakistan, ora pro nobisBTW…coincidence that St Thomas the Apostle was in Sunday's gospel reading?

  • Anonymous

    As the Vatican spoke-person Fr Lombardi said today, a Christian can NEVER rejoice of the death of another human being. The person, even the most evil one, is sacred because relationship with the Mystery. And to claim that this is justice, it's so naive. Not only because this death will never bring back who died on 9/11, or heal who is suffering from PTSD today because of it, but especially because our heart doesn't need human justice – our heart is made for the infinite, for mercy, for forgiveness.

  • Anonymous

    Framk,Personally, I ask, in prayer, for God to forgive him….It was up to bin Laden to accept it or refuse it.What bin Laden said is not for us to speculate….it is his and God's conversation

  • Frank

    Folks who happen in here, see my follow-on posts here and here.