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Post by Josie » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:03 am

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Prayers for everyone affected by the bombings in Boston. We have a dear friend who helps out at the finish line as part of the medical services. Thankfully she was unharmed.

For those who have to cope with the aftermath and those who have lost their lives. :votive1:
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Post by Jae » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:52 am

:votive1: :votive1: :votive1:
In the triumph of prayer
Twofold is the spell.
With the folding of hands
There's a spreading of wings
And the soul's lifted up to invisible lands
And ineffable peace .....

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Post by Karen » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:52 am

:votive1: for all those caught up in this event and for all those for whom it brings back memories of other tragedies.
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Post by Jennifer » Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:01 pm

Karen wrote::votive1: for all those caught up in this event and for all those for whom it brings back memories of other tragedies.
:votive1: Amen :votive1:

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Post by Caroline » Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:22 pm

:votive1: :votive1: :votive1:
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Post by Glo » Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:46 pm

:votive1: :votive1:
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Post by Ernest » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:31 pm

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Post by Emle » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:06 am

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Post by Pam » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:51 pm

:votive1: :votive2: :votive1:

For everyone affected, including Josie's friend and other helpers

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Post by Isobel » Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:43 pm

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Post by Beth » Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:07 pm

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Post by Joyce » Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:48 pm

:votive2: :votive1: :minicandle:

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Post by Glo » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:44 pm

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Post by Joyce » Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:10 pm

:votive2: :votive1: :minicandle: Also for the wounded in the Baghdad cafe and the bereaved.

:votive2: :votive1: :minicandle: For the relatives,colleagues and friends of the police officers killed in Boston.
:votive2: :votive1: :minicandle: For justice.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:31 pm

We appreciate the prayers of everyone here, they have been answered.
The second suspect is in custody and in the hospital.

The wounded transit officer is also still in critical condition.

And about 55 remain in various Boston hospitals recovering from their injuries, and amputations for more than a dozen. Five are dead.

But, for now, it is over, and we breathe a sigh of relief.
What is going around here a bit is a song that was sung at the New York Yankee's game in honor of their arch rivals and remembering the tragedy.

More about the song here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_Caroline
Lyrics: http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/6776/
Peace and blessings,
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Post by Glo » Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:16 pm

I came across this open letter today by a Catholic Father.

"Dear Dzhokhar,

You don’t know me, but you tried to kill my family.

You couldn’t have known, but my brother ran bandit in the marathon and trained for months. My sister in law was an amazing and supportive wife as she always is and was ready to run the last 5 miles with him.. Your bomb was at the finish line that they were trying to cross.

My Mother, Father, and Sister, were waiting for them at the finish line. You didn’t know it, but my mother thinks that she saw you down there. My sister is only three years younger than you, and you set off a bomb in front of her.

You don’t know me, but you tried to kill some friends of mine.

One of my best and closest friends was working in the store in front of which you or your brother laid down a bomb. That bomb exploded, and gave her the worst day of her ilfe.

I was a high school teacher, your bomb wounded one of my most promising students with shrapnel.

Dear Dzhokhar, you tried to destroy a community that I left behind for Rome, but from which I draw so much of my strength and identity.

You killed a child who was a part of the community who made me the man I am today. Martin may have grown up to be a BC High boy... and his family is well loved in the community which surrounds that school.

You tried to drive a city which gave me courage in the face of cancer into complete and utter fear. But you tried to do this to a city which knew how to make a 10 year old me unafraid.

Dear Dzhokhar, you may have crossed the threshold of the building in which I lived to compete in an athletic event, but we have never met, and you tried to Kill my family, a friend, my students, and destroy my community.

Dear Dzhokhar, you failed. Did you ever think that you would make it out? The US captured Bin Laden, and Saddam.. there was no chance you would escape. This is not the measure of your success, though.

Dear Dzhokhar, you failed because Boston was not bowed or afraid. You set off a bomb, and the city gave blood for victims. You escaped initial capture and the city opened its doors to strangers. You were at large and making more bombs, and we gathered in prayer at Garvey park and the Cathedral. You went on a rampage, and people stayed home in an orderly fashion and opened their homes to the police during the search. Dear Dzhokhar, you failed, because light cast out the darkness, and the man who knew that his boat just didn’t look right wasn’t afraid to call it in.

Dear Dzhokhar, for all of this, I can’t hate you..

Today I thought about the fact that you are only 19... you are just a kid. You must have been so afraid today. You were a victim like so many are victims, you were bought something you shouldn’t have been brought into because you likely didn’t and couldn’t know any better.

I am glad that you are going to prison, and I hope that you will have many long years there in supermax in Colorado. I hope that no one I love will ever be threatened by you again, but I can’t hate you.

I can’t hate you because whatever you brought into Boston was enough hate for a good long while, I won’t and can’t hate anymore.

I can’t hate you because I remember being 19, I thought many things were a good idea which weren’t. I never would have went where you were, but I was certainly not an adult at 19.

I can’t hate you because, even though you did unspeakable things... somehow you are still my brother and your death can never be my gain.

I can’t hate you, and not just because I am a Catholic, and a Christian, and because in a couple of months I will be a priest, I am a human and I simply can’t hate you.

Dear Dzhokhar, I still have hope for you.

The rest of your life will be in prison. I have seen men change their lives there. I hope that you won’t be executed, because I know that we can hold you, safely, for the rest of your life.

I can’t say what your story might be there... but I know that I, as a Christian, and you, as a Muslim, believe God to be merciful... so I can’t help but have hope for you...

Dear Dzhokhar, you’re a kid. I can’t hate you, or fear you. I am glad you are in custody, I am glad you can’t hurt anyone else or yourself anymore, but I can’t hate you.. and I WON’T fear you.

Dear Dzhokhar, I will pray for you. Next year, when my friend and my brother cross that finish line on Boylston, your brother’s cause will have lost for good. I will pray that you will know, somehow, the same kind of love that my brother, sister-in-law, mother, father, sister, friends, and students all have given me.

Dear Dzhokhar, I will pray for you. When the first pitch is thrown on Patriot's day at Fenway, I will pray that somehow you will know joy... the joy that makes us fully human and offers the possiblity of real repentance... the joy that Red Sox baseball fills me with every year.

Dear Dzhokhar, I will pray for you next year when the first shot is fired in the annual reenactment of the battle of Lexington in Concord, that you will come to know that PEACE and LOVE are the only ways in which world will ever be changed.

Dear Dzhokhar, I don’t and can’t hate you. I am glad you are in custody, but you are just a kid, and you lost. I will love and pray for you, because somehow your sin was turned for good, and my community and the people I love will only be stronger in the end.

Dear Dzhokhar, Godspeed."

Amen
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Post by Caroline » Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:50 pm

As Unvirtuous Abbey posted on Twitter and Facebook:
@UnvirtuousAbbey 20 Apr
Jesus said to pray for your enemies: There is a 19 y/o man just taken into custody who has injuries. You know what to do. (@MapleAnglican )
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Post by Josie » Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:10 pm

:votive1: :votive1:
Amen
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Post by Jae » Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:21 pm

Praying here :votive1: :votive1: :votive1:
In the triumph of prayer
Twofold is the spell.
With the folding of hands
There's a spreading of wings
And the soul's lifted up to invisible lands
And ineffable peace .....

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Post by Joe Parrish » Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:54 pm

Read the article about Chechnya in Wikipedia to get a sense of what those peoples have had to go through over the centuries, and it may be more understandable about how they see the world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chechnya

and here is the latest report from Boston:

http://webcenters.netscape.compuserve.c ... ma0758.htm

...all of the more than 180 people injured in the Boston Marathon blasts one week ago who made it to a hospital alive now seem likely to survive.
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As of Monday, 51 people remained hospitalized, three of them in critical condition and five listed as serious. At least 14 people lost all or part of a limb; three of them lost more than one.

Peace and blessings,
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