Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Can good come from terrorism?

I have a confession to make. I have sat down to write a post several times within the past week or so. In fact, I had vowed to write twice a week and as you see, I am a bit behind already. Reason? I don't know what to write. Why? Well, it's difficult to write from this new perspective. I said I had a conversion, but in reality, a conversion takes a lifetime. My critical point of view tends to get the better of me.

Personally, after the tragedies with the Russian commercial airliner, the suicide bombings in Beirut and then the massacres in Paris...I am having a horrible time finding the true, good and beautiful! A darn hard time!

I will give it a shot, nonetheless.

The truth? The truth is that evil is a reality. It is exists and it is palpable. The human person is indeed capable of some evil things, things beyond our comprehension. More truth? There is nothing new about what is going on today. I think back to the time of the Nazis. Or the genocide in Rwanda. The list of human atrocities can fill our history books. They kind of do. Some more truth? The flip side is that the human person is also capable of some really good things. We can fill volumes of books, and we do, about the good persons that have existed and that have changed the world for better. We know some personally, we have read about plenty and there are so many alive and well.

So the truth is intermingled with good. Good does exist. We must not forget that. I must not forget that. Although the world sometimes feels like it is falling apart at the seams, goodness does indeed exist. We have to look for it. Society is more inclined to focus on the negative. Media sells the bad, and the ugly; but, we have to go out and look for the good. That is the truth. That is our duty, our mission and it is a necessity.

You see, that is what these terrorists want. They want us to be terrorized and forget the goodness of each day. They want us to be so horrified with what has happened, and it is in fact horrible, that we refuse to see any good in this world.  In fact, we must do this for those who have died at the hands of these monsters. We must look for the good. We must see the good of the lives that were lost; the lives they had lived. We must see the good in that communities and countries come together in solidarity and prayer. We must see the good in that we are the majority and they (the terrorists) are the minority.

The human heart desires what is true, good and beautiful. That is what we are created for. The human heart, when tended to and cared for seeks what is enveloped in love. Truth, goodness and beauty point towards love and are virtues of love. Those hearts that have been abused, abandoned and neglected are sometimes overtaken by darkness and fall into the trap of evil. They too were created for good, but somehow they have lost their way.

I am a firm believer in the power of prayer. I pray for the victims of all these tragedies. Not only in Paris but in so many other areas of the world. I pray for the families and friends left behind who question the existence of goodness. And yes, shockingly yes! I pray for the terrorists. I pray for each one of them, alive or dead. Why do I pray for them? Because once upon a time they were just like you and me. They sought good. They sought beauty and truth. Unfortunately they lost their way and were blinded to all of these things. I pray that God open their eyes so that they may see the truth and the evil in their ways and change; repent. I pray for the mercy of God upon their souls.

The beauty? The beauty is that you and I can combat terrorism right now. Right here in our own home, neighborhood and at work. We can combat terrorism by living our lives to the fullest. We can combat it by continuing to seek the good. We can combat it by seeking to see the beauty in everything, even the most evil of things. We can indeed extract these things from them, because that is what we and our world were created for. As long as we keep doing that and keep living our lives, we can combat the evil in this world. We must live our lives in goodness for the sake of those who lost them. They lost their lives doing exactly what we do every day. The mundane, the normal, the everyday stuff that makes up our day to day. They lived.

These terrorists have given us, if we accept the challenge, a renewed perspective. Let us live our lives to the fullest. Let us live each day as if it were our last. Let us love as if we shan't see each other again. Let us not only seek truth, goodness and beauty, but let us embody it. Let us be truthful. Let us be good and let us be beautiful in our own unique way.

Thank you for reading.

God bless you all and let us be united in prayer for the goodness of this world.


  1. Very well said. Thank you
    Jesus said "pray for those who persecute you"
    They too are our brothers and sisters in need of love

  2. Thank you for sharing these words of hope...

  3. Thank you for sharing these words of hope...