Outside my office building in the South Shore, the company lowered the American flag to half staff. It honors the memory Sargent Michael Chesna, a Weymouth, MA police officer, who died in the line of duty. Many of us, in the face of violence or disaster, will run for cover. Extraordinary men and women, like Sargent Chesna, with the duty of protecting us, will charge forward. Sadly, some do not return.
We remember their courage, we pray for, and support their loved ones that are left behind. And we also must remember the victims. In this incident, we pray for Vera Adams, shot in her sun room.
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them!
Through the mercy of God, may they Rest In Peace!
Over a late night cup of coffee, I would share with you my sadness with the amount of violence that is in the news lately. The shootings of two black men by police, under circumstances, that on the surface, appear to require further investigation. We have the killing of five police officers in Dallas, TX. Then the terror attack on French citizens in the city of Nice, resulting in 84 deaths, and 202 persons injured. And now we have the killing of 3 officers in Baton Rouge, LA. Add these incidents to the others that have occurred this year, both in our nation and in the wider world; and one gets the feeling that darkness is increasing in our world. And it will, if we allow it; the Christophers, a Christian inspirational group, quotes a proverb: “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” We are called to bring some love, some hope, and some light into our families and our communities. Be open to the Holy Spirit, let it inspire you, and be open to any opportunity to do some good that may come our way.
Over a cup of coffee, I had planned on sharing a report on Catholic deacons that I saw on PBS’ Religion & Ethics Newsweekly program, but then I read a post written by Deacon Bill Ditewig, in which he pointed out the errors of the report, and made corrections. Then he issued a challenge to all of us deacons; to be true instruments of peace in this world that is in so much turmoil.
Well, here’s hoping the caffeine does not keep me awake. See you again over a cup of coffee.