Praying For Those We Have Lost AND Those Who Have Caused Us Pain


Lately I have been hearing about a lot of tragedies that have been happening. A few examples are; a 12 year old girl who was shot on the way home from the store and a rookie cop shot by a known gang member.

What has happened to these people and so many others is a tragedy and breaks our hearts. We pray for those we have lost and those left behind to pick up the pieces. But what about those who have caused the pain?? Don’t they need our prayers? Jesus didn’t turn his back on those imprisoned or those who caused pain. Would he want us to be praying for those who need our prayers? If we want to see an end to violence or kids contemplating the gang life shouldn’t we pray for them?

Now I know this could really be making some people burn with anger. I have not lost someone due to a tragedy so I can not say how I would feel if I was put in the situation either. However, if we can help each other find it in our hearts to pray for those causing us pain who knows what the outcome will be. While those who are hurting now may not be able to bring themselves to pray for those who have caused them so much pain, I can pray for them. If enough of us pray for those who inflict harm maybe just maybe they will stop. We won’t know if we don’t try. So the next time you say your prayers after hearing a tragic story try to not only pray for those who have lost the loved one but those who have caused the pain. I truly believe together we can make a difference.

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I am a mother of three children who is trying to fulfill all the ‘traditional’ ideas of a stay at home mom. I am a cook, maid, shopper, chauffeur and the laundry lady. I am also their protector, mentor, religious educator and guidance counselor. I have chosen to raise them in a Catholic household.

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