20 November 2015, The Tablet

Reflection on the Paris terror attacks: Hatred won’t stop me patting the dog

by Fr Peter Day

A short reflection on the terror attacks and subsequent terror alerts across the globe...


New York, London, Bali, Madrid, Israel, Beirut, Egypt, Nigeria, Sydney, Paris:

on and on it goes, the list of nations and cities left bereft

after yet another act of terror.


It puts one’s inner-being out of whack; could even threaten to derail one’s sense of humanity.


Where to from here in the face of such deep seated hatred and barbarity?


Where to from here as the canopy of powerlessness descends?


The dog’s snoring in the sun next to my courtyard flyscreen …


Must remember to keep patting him.


Must remember to keep hugging those I love.


Must remember to keep washing the dishes.


Must remember to keep my head down at golf.


Must remember to keep in mind that people are worth it.


Must remember to sit quietly with the Beloved.


Must remember not to let daily acts of terror undermine simple daily acts – simple daily acts of love.

Fr Peter Day is a priest based in the Australian Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn

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Comment by: Sheelah Egan
Posted: 21/11/2015 19:32:01

This is what the Year of Mercy is about.

Please don't let out-of-touch clerics turn it into a parade of archaic words, long prayers and elaborate ceremonies.

Please, Peter, let us hear the voices of priests like you more often and more loudly.

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