I like what I'm reading here. Last Wed. while checking out at Costco, the checker, who goes to the same church, after complimenting me on being a good lector, asked what I thought about Bin Ladin's death.
I was rather surprised, and said that part of me was breathing a sigh of relief, as I felt he was a bad man, and was not repentant. Yet, I told him that if I was to call myself a strong Catholic Christian, I shouldn't rejoice, because God mourns every soul who doesn't reach out for His welcome. I also said that nobody knew for sure what the man's fate is, as only God can judge. There is a chance that when Bin Ladin saw Christ at the moment of death, his eyes may have been unclouded. I know that we may see Hitler or Stalin or Mao, or many others someday in Heaven. It's hard to fathom, but God is so all-loving and so all-knowing, that we need to leave it to Him. And, yes, we should pray.
Sometimes, I'd remember to pray for him while he was still alive, and have prayed a few times for him since his death. Who knows? All will be made clear to us someday.
In the meantime, we can be thankful that his reign of terror is over, but if we celebrate, we are sinking to something which does not glorify our Lord.
God bless all on this thread. You are the most prayerful bunch I've ever "met." :)
"It is only with the heart that one sees rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
Antoine de Saint Exupery: The Little Prince
"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."