Turning To God In Tragic Times: Events in Boston

The news of the bombing in Boston shook me and my family–as it did the whole nation. It is very horrifying to think that what should have been a really joyful event turned into something tragic. In times like these I cannot not help but get emotional and angry. I got really emotional hearing that an innocent 8-year old boy had been killed in that senseless act of terrorism.

When you surf the web, you can see that there is a massive outpouring of grief and anger not only from people here but from all over the world. More than the spate of negative emotions, the gush of prayers and words of comfort and encouragement for those who were affected by the tragedy is just overwhelming.

It is inspiring and uplifting to see that in times like these. Most of us still find comfort in knowing that we have a God that we can turn to. Here is one Bible text I would like to share with all of you:

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Let us pray for the families of those who perished, the recovery of those who were injured and the healing of everyone who has been affected by this tragedy. If you are not quite sure how to seek God in times like this, here is a wonderful post: “Making Space for God in the Face of Grave Evil.”

Relic of the True Cross Found in Vermont

This post from Catholic Answers Forum was a relief to hear about. I had previously reported a little over a month ago that the Relic of the True Cross had been stolen in a post titled, The Relic of True Cross Goes Missing From Boston.Well it has been found! Two state policemen in Vermont got a call recently and recovered the artifact. This is great news for all Catholics!

“Vermont State Police stumbled upon it after receiving a call from Richard Duncan, a resident of the Upper Eatons Trailer Park in Royalton, Vt., about 25 miles northwest of White River Junction, according to a lengthy statement released by the Vermont State Police this afternoon.

Duncan told police he was having an argument over the phone with his partner, 34-year-old Earl Frost. He said he wanted Frost to share some information with police.

“Frost was put on the telephone and advised Troopers that the altercation was over a religious artifact that was stolen from a church in Boston,” the Vermont State Police statement said.

Frost said he wanted to return it to a church, the police statement said. But troopers convinced him to bring it into the state police barracks in Royalton.

The Vermont troopers knew nothing of the Boston relic’s disappearance, but they did a Google search while Frost and Duncan were on their way to the barracks and found several articles related to the theft. But they also learned that there had been a number of false reports about the relic.

At the barracks, Frost turned the relic over to the police and said that he had acquired it from an unidentified person in Rhode Island. Frost said he had spoken with the Rev. Kevin O’Leary, the rector of the cathedral, about returning it, using the pseudonym “Bill.” “Relic of the True Cross Stolen from Cathedral Recovered”, Catholic Answers Forum

The Relic of True Cross Goes Missing from Boston

“Spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston, Terrence Donilon, released the following statement Monday July 12:

Relic of the True Cross Stolen from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross

On Thursday, July 1, staff from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross learned that the relic of the true Cross was stolen from the Cathedral’s Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Boston Police were immediately notified and an investigation was begun to determine who might be responsible. That investigation continues.

The relic of the true Cross is an important sacramental that helps Christians contemplate the crucified Savior and the great suffering he endured for the salvation of the world. The true Cross was discovered in the fourth century, and since then its particles have been diffused to the Church throughout the world. The Cathedral’s relic of the true Cross was brought from France in the Nineteenth Century and given to Bishop Cheverus, Boston’s first Bishop.” – Relic of True Cross Stolen from Cathedral”, Catholic Answers Forum

This was truly some unfortunate news to be informed of, and I for one am disappointed that somebody would take such an important relic from the Catholic Church. It also is disappointing that the Cross has been missing since July 1st and it was given twelve full days before an official statement was released at all. Hopefully the Cross finds it was back to its rightful place sooner rather than later, or never.