To murder an elderly priest in a church building during a service in the presence of harmless folk like nuns is such a dastardly and evil act that we surely must call it what it is: cowardly, criminal violence. Surely it is wrong to dignify this kind of brutal thuggery with words like war. This is just indefensible.
At the same time angry reactions will achieve nothing good. These aggressors need to know that there is real hope, real forgiveness and a real future with the God of Love, and that they can turn to him for him to change their lives, their hearts, their future, their destiny.
The only real hope is in the reconciliation that the gospel brings.
In the meantime we pray for, are thankful for and appreciate more and more our security forces and the politicians who must act with greater than human wisdom and restraint.