Easter Sunday began with a shocking shock in Christian teaching. The resurrection.
The body of Jesus of Nazareth was discovered missing in the cave. His disciples left him after his days of crucifixion
. Since then he has become one of the holiest precious and holy days in the Christian calendar. A Moment of Spirituality and Communion With Others in Faith [Monday, December 29, 2012] Last Monday, some of these devotees fell to their knees in prayer and hymn when their beloved Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned as they saw.
They gasped for air The 150-year-old spire of the iconic cathedral first leaned against, tumbling and tumbling down through the roof to the altar below.
As if prayers were answered, the walls held holy icons, including the crown of thorns that many believed in Jesus His crucifixion saved.
The Paris prosecutors examined whether a short circuit in the 850-year-old building where refurbishment had taken place had caused a fire.
Across the Atlantic Ocean in New York, police seized a potential arsonist as he stepped into the revered halls of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Loaded with jerrycans, lighter and lighters, a second fire of the cathedral was turned away in a week.
Not so happy a few weeks earlier in Louisiana, arsonists set fire to three historically black churches. Fires burned at St Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre on March 26, the Greater Union Baptist Church at Opelousas on April 2, and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at Opelousas on April 4.
All this at a time when the Catholic Church is struggling with a Catholic abuse scandal that extends beyond its reach, bridging generations of victims and clerics and throwing out an indigestible litany of miserable misdeeds and sufferings.
At Easter, a church cloud was already hanging. The faithful tested in their belief that good will triumph over evil.
The belief in this belief extended on Thursday when one of the most promising young journalists in Northern Ireland was shot dead by Irish Republicans living in their teens.
Lyra McKee, 29, was rated by Forbes in a Top 30 Under 30 Media List. Her writing had a remarkable ability to capture the emotions of her readers. A talent most people can only dream of.
Easter played a role in her death.
In front of Irish Republican Easter parades commemorating the 1916 uprising against British rule, police raided a Catholic neighborhood in Derry, Northern Ireland. The events became violent on Thursday night when local youth dropped explosive bombs on the police.
When McKee stood behind one of the police armored vehicles, a youthful shooter, the police called the "new kind of terrorist" from the New IRA terrorist group, firing shots.
McKee was hit in the head, her bright light was "wiped out", as her partner said the next day.
Easter came on the holiest day. 19659002] A shock, not spiritual as the resurrection, but a blow to Christians everywhere, an attack on the faithful during worship.
There can be little more repugnance in any religion than this.