What to say?

by Fr. Jeff

I was in our school’s library when I heard the news. We had kids the same age reading stories about Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Violence is awful in all of its forms, but it’s particularly heinous against innocent children of only a few years old.

The librarian leaned against the wall, “What do you say?”

I was at a loss, so I turned to You. I opened my breviary for daytime prayer:

Psalm 59
Rescue me, God, from my foes;
protect me from those who attack me.
O rescue me from those who do evil
and save me from blood-thirsty men.

See, they lie in wait for my life;
powerful men band together against me.
For no offense, no sin of mine, Lord,
for no guilt of mine they rush to take their stand.
Awake, come to my aid and see!

O my Strength, it is you to whom I turn,
for you, O God, are my stronghold,
the God who shows me love.

O God, come to my aid
and let me look in triumph on my foes.

As for me, I will sing of your strength
and each morning acclaim your love
for you have been my stronghold,
a refuge in the day of my distress.

O my Strength, it is you to whom I turn,
for you, O God, are my stronghold,
the God who shows me love.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

You always know exactly

what to say.