Sunday, April 05, 2015

Easter in the Midst of Violence



As most of us pick over the leftovers of our Easter feasting in the land of the long weekend it is hard to imagine the cries of 'He is Risen" being proclaimed this weekend in the churches and places of worship in Kenya.

And yet the sacred feast was celebrated  with the tears and sorrow of a nation grieving the massacre at Garissa University College by the Somali-based  extremists al-Shabaab. 

The country is now in three days of mourning while they celebrate the mystery that gives so much meaning to their lives. Religion, spirituality and politics collide in  the disturbing images of young bodies slain for their faith. For many of us the public display of the bullet ridden bodies of the Garissa attackers challenges our cultural sense of superiority and civil behaviour.

So, what can we do? You can send messages of solidarity and condolence to the Archdiocese of Mombasa. You could also send messages to the facebook page  of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa Youth office. You  can also send messages to the Kenyan Association of Australia. 

You can follow developments in Kenya here. Most of all we can sing with our sisters and brothers and share our solidarity and compassion at this time of Easter


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