Praying For All Aboard Malaysia Flight 17, And Mourning Their Loss, In My Own, Feeble, Way

I heard the news the other day about Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashing in Ukraine. And then the world learned that it had been shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

What a senseless tragedy.

I went outside on a break from work, and looking up into the sky I saw what you see in the photograph above. That’s what an airliner cruising at 33,000 feet looks like. [Read more...]

“When Great Trees Fall” (Requiescat In Pace)

We were Marines once, and young…

I’m not sure if I will be much of a presence here over the next several days. There has been a death in my family, see, and my duties lie elsewhere. Loss is the cross we bear when we love someone, and they have gone on to eternity before us. [Read more...]

When The Entire Nation Mourned (Worth A Thousand Words)

Video: President Obama Speaking at the Prayer Vigil for Newtown Shooting Victims

Just a little while ago…

The full transcript of the President’s speech can be found here.

J. Christopher Stevens, Requiescat in Pace

Image Credit: Ben Curtis/Associated Press

Prayers for the repose of the soul of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, and for the souls of the others killed in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

God of the spirits and of all flesh,
who have trampled death and annihilated the devil
and given life to your world, may you yourself,

O Lord, grant to the soul of your deceased servants 
J. Christopher Stevens and companions, rest in a place of light, a verdant place,
a place of freshness, from where suffering,
pain and cries are far removed.

Do You, O good and compassionate God
forgive every fault committed by them in word,
work or thought because there is no man
who lives and does not sin.
You alone are without sin and your justice
is justice throughout the ages and your word is truth.

Since you, O Christ our God, are the resurrection,
the life and the repose of your deceased servants, Christopher Stevens and companions,
we give you glory together with your un-begotten Father
and your most holy, good and life-creating Spirit,
now and always and forever and ever.

Amen.

 Ed Morrisey, from Hot Airhas an update as well.


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