I am probably in the minority this morning, but I am saddened by the news that has unfolded over the past 12 hours. As an American, I fully understand the tragedy that occurred in New York on 9/11 and I grieve for everyone who was affected by that horrible act of terror. However, as a Catholic and an unworthy recipient of Jesus’ Divine Mercy, I have compassion for a fellow soul who may be condemned to hell. What also saddens me is the joy and celebration by many Christians over the death of a man who quite possibly could be facing eternal damnation.
Yesterday, the Catholic Church celebrated the feast of Divine Mercy. It was a day set aside to recall Our Lord’s tremendous mercy poured forth on all mankind. Hitler, Hussein, Bin Laden, Judas…there are no exceptions. Jesus is merciful to everyone and “wants all men to be saved” (1 Tm 2:3-4). As a Catholic, I must also love all of my brothers and sisters, despite their sinfulness. The Lord has stated that if we do not show mercy toward others, we cannot expect it in return (MT 18:21-35).
I am going to pray a Divine Mercy chaplet for the repose of the soul of Usama Bin Laden. Anyone care to join me?