Sunday, July 22, 2012
The statue will be sent to Calgary to be repaired, and the grotto looks lonely without Mary there. During Mass, I prayed for the vandals, who are so contemptuous of the Mother of God that they would deliberately deface her statue. I prayed for Mary's intercession for their conversion. I thought about how some Muslims would react if this were a statue of Mohammed, defaced, and that those who did it would probably be hunted down and killed. And how we, as Catholics, are called to pray for sinners and not to exact retribution of that sort- but I'd sure like to catch them and make them pay for the damage and make a public admission of guilt.
There has been a spree of vandalism in our town lately- senseless acts of violence against objects, things destroyed just for some warped sense of fun. I worry that this behaviour will escalate into violence against people. Especially if they continue to get away with these acts, and have no retribution, no accounting for their actions, it could easily escalate.
Senseless acts of violence, like the shootings in Aurora, have beginnings such as these.