You know how you always think bad things could never happen to you? Well, crime struck very close to home for me and all my fellow parishioners today at Saint Anthony’s. Vandals broke into our church early this morning, shattering plate glass windows in our narthex and damaging all of the wooden doors leading into the sanctuary.
If you read the comments posted on the news story above you’ll notice one reader had the following snide remark, “Guess God and all his saints were asleep on the job”. I beg to differ. We can be thankful to God and his saints for the protection they gave us. The potential for destruction and desecration could have been catastrophic.
I’d also like to believe that the perpetrators were somehow touched by the presence of God in our Church. Did they stop their rampage consciously? Was their glimpse of the beauty in that darkened temple enough to make them hesitate? Unless they’re caught we may never know until the next life how these, I presume, teenagers’ lives turned out. All we can do is pray for them now and ask God to change their hearts.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels! Praise Him, all His host! Praise Him, sun and moon! Praise Him, all you shining stars! Praise Him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord! For He commanded and they were created. And He established them for ever and ever; He fixed their bounds which cannot be passed. Praise the Lord from earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling His command! Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! Young men and maidens together, old men and children! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven. He has raised up a horn for His people, praise for all His saints, for the people of Israel who are near Him. Praise The Lord!