It’s horrific to think that 85 year old, +Father Jacques Hamel, was murdered barbarically during the celebration of Holy Mass in his parish church. It is the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen, the same place where St. Joan of Arc was martyred in 1431.
A true martyr never courts death or goes out seeking to be martyred. +Father Jacques Hamel, a humble priest lived his priesthood to its very end. We take a moment to remember him, all those who were murdered – Christians and Muslims – and pray for peace.
Regardless if its violence in Nice, Paris, Brussels, Orlando, Istanbul, San Bernardino, Baghdad, Kabul …. we need to be awaken by the Holy Spirit who lives in us that we are threatened by a radical evil. What truly saddens me is that those who participated in this violence were 19 year olds! They have been lured to evil.
We must call upon Saint Michael the Archangel and the legion of angels to defend us and to pray that the saints give us the courage to become saints ourselves. We turn our thoughts to those in Krakow, for it is there that young people are being exhorted to sainthood during these days.