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What drives a person to drop backpack filled with explosives at the feet of strangers, or shoot through the doors an elementary school?  Or rape. Or hurt.

It’s tragic. Tragic that anyone, but particularly a kid, a 19 year old boy, would make this choice .  So very very sad.

Please know, I am not forgetting about the victims and  the unending pain and loss they feel.  Lord help them and all find comfort and peace.

But I can’t help and think that it just doesn’t have to be this way.  It wasn’t meant to be this way.

God creates all things good.  He calls everyone to him.   Through Christ there is hope and redemption. The conquering of death and fear.  The victory over evil.

I used to have a real hard time understanding this virtue of hope and its absolute necessity for life.  But it is events like the one that unfolded in Boston, or Newtown, or India that make me remember that the tragedy lies long before anything happens.  The tragedy is the choice to turn from God. The fault line in every human heart.

And that hope, Christian hope,  is that that one small moment of grace, one tiny revelation, a whisper, a touch,  can change even the hardest of hearts, forever, and stop evil before it unfolds. Hope so simple and pure.  Hope that all will see the good.

I pray for this a lot lately. Pray that those most in need of God’s mercy see it, before they turn away.

Redemption of any soul, again even the hardest of hearts, is such an amazing, shining victory for mankind. It is the Hope of the world. Christ’s assurance that everyone can be saved, regardless of what they have done or if it is deserved, is the meaning of Love, yes, but is also the one and only definition of Hope. That any life — any human heart on the verge of stepping over that fault line — can be transformed means that not only can they be saved, but their innocent victims can also be saved. And this applies to those who make what we typically see as big leaps across that line (the murders of the world) and to all of us who test the waters with the less socially offensive banalities of evil – little lies, lack of charity, pettiness, judgement, false gods, hatred.

Think of St. Paul and his transformation. Think of how much good someone once so evil has done, and continues to do, 2000 his death.  That is the freedom, the promise and the gift of Hope.

It is remarkable. It’s even more remarkable that we resist.  Hope is for us, delivered by us through Christ’s within us, for the good of all mankind.

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