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Attacks in Paris and our RESPONSES

This page is an attempt at listing articles and testimonies,
so many of them extremely moving and definitively informative... and my own assessment,
because it was - and it still is - such an edifying and defining moment
: here

A terrible thing happened in Paris on November 13, 2015
May all the victims rest in peace!
May all their families and friends be comforted by your mercy, Lord.
We need you, right now more than ever.
Please, Lord, have mercy on us all and help us stay strong and united, help us respond with charity and hope and courage...

(Dec 3) This photo and the comment above is what I put on facebook first, then as the days passed, I started working on this present page
to articulate my own reactions and my own conclusions on what is going on, what can we do, what should we do...
as believers or seekers or simply citizens of our Western democracies
based on a Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian heritage, lovers of freedom and reason, culture and art!
This shifting moment is for each one of us, so we can find common ground.

(Nov 16) Already, there has been so much support shown worldwide! so many people, and so many nations and so many organizations,
stepped up to the plate and showed how much they care
and how much they love France and its people, it is very heartwarming.
So many relatives and friends of the victims have posted the most loving and moving tributes and open letters!
May they be blessed for showing us how to face such tragedies.

(Nov 25) I am putting below numerous links (and it is by no way a complete list, it is only the most basic one, but it is one that I keep coming back to it, because I need it):
- I start with a prayer with the Saints of Paris;
- I include many open letters or articles, very inspirational ones when faced with tragedies, when overwhelmed with grief, bewildered by incomprehensible violence and destruction;
- then I also included a video re Refugees;
- and one testimony re: strangers / foreigners, the changes that will happen when making a person-to-person contact with someone, even a complete stranger;
- the key words, the hashtag of the moment, the recurring phrase, locally and globally, was "Pray for Paris", which is the best invocation possible and great advice!
- and I finish with sound advice, theology - and anthropology - from Rene Girard!

(Dec 5) Terrorism and fear, refugees and flight, violence and scapegoating, it's all linked somehow! But more than anything else, we need to look at it from the light of Christ and follow his commandments of love of God and love of neighbor, and pray, and pray again and pray some more... We need to be clearer and more convincing about Christ and Christian values and how they should be welcomed by non-believers, by other religions or by atheists, if we all seek a common ground promoting peace and respect and freedom, where killing and torturing is prohibited, but instead where is the drive to foster the conditions where religious and humanist virtues can flourish, where dialogue and diplomacy can advance.

Litanie des Saints de Paris par la Communaute de Jerusalem here

Open Letter from
Antoine Leiri here found on the BBC site

letter of Abbot Christian de Chergé
before being decapitated here

Fabrice Hadjadj, on Love the center of Christian life here
Lettre ouverte d'une jeune catholique de 18 ans here

A very moving testimony by Naomi Shihab Nye here

the recurring phrase, locally and globally,
"Pray for Paris" was the best invocation possible!

Samaritan's Purse is an Evangelical nonprofit organization here

Patriarch Younan: the West has betrayed Christians here

Rene Girard books! Mimetism and violence and such a fresh and profound look at our Western culture. My tribute to Girard here

Copyright © December 2015 Michèle

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