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Raleigh parishioners pray for peace, end to violence

Posted December 25, 2012

Bible, religion

— With so many people still out of work and the random acts of violence this past year, worshippers in Raleigh said they have a lot to pray about this Christmas.

Inside the sanctuary at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Edenton Street, where hundreds gathered for morning Mass, parishioners turned toward faith for hope and healing.

“Certainly, people have asked in the midst of the darkness of our world, how is it possible to find hope,” Bishop Michael Burbidge said.

This year, the holiday has a somber tone in the wake of nationwide violence that includes the mass shootings in Connecticut and the killing of two firefighters in New York.

“We do really pray for that, especially people losing their lives through guns,” said Emmanuel Agyekum, who lives in Raleigh. “We heard what happened in Connecticut. In New York, firefighters get shot. It’s being a mess in the United States.”

Another parishioner, Susan Coats of Raleigh, said, “The world needs God in their lives for a lot of reasons, but mostly to defeat evil.”

Burbidge called on the faithful to “counter to darkness of the world.” The words resonated in the sanctuary Tuesday.

“I feel a stronger need to pray for the world,” Coats said.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 31, 2012

    @whyalltheproblems, you continue to dodge the questions & it's clear why

    Imagine that you sit in front of this school in a fully-loaded Army tank...all day every day. You're our smartest & best-trained soldier with our best firepower!

    Now, imagine this skinny boy shooter walked up to the school in his body armor & loaded with weapons. But, you just let him walk by you. You don’t make a sound. You watch while he tries the locked doors. You watch more while he smashes a window to get inside the school to the 6 year olds and their teachers...

    You never help. But, the school staff jumps into action, sacrifice their lives and call in other humans who take action and they stop this maniac.

    After it's over, groups of people gather together to worship and praise you...the do-nothing “protector”. THAT is what we are talking about here in this news story. People worshipping YOU for YOUR role in all this.

    IMO, that's problem and that's why I'm posting here. YMMV

  • whyalltheproblems Dec 28, 2012

    allinfantsareathiests, bottom line is one day we'll all find out who was right and who was wrong about God's existence.
    I was listening to myself when I asked the question if God ever stepped in to stop you from doing something wrong...apparently no one else was.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 27, 2012

    No humans “took god out of school”. The Engel v. Vitalet ruling stopped the forced reading of Christian Bible verses over the public school loudspeaker.

    Every school child & teacher is still perfectly able to pray, pay homage & worship their private god in any way they want, any time they want, as long as it doesn’t affect others. The religious cannot use government money & resources to force impressionable children to be their very own captive audience.

    If you have an ounce of do-unto-others blood in you, ask yourself if it would be appropriate to for the public school to force your children to listen to Koran readings, and only Koran readings, every morning. Would that start you thinking about the separation of church and State, maybe?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 27, 2012

    If you attribute all the bad things happening in schools (and society for that matter) to “taking god out of school”, then you must also attribute all of the good things happening in schools for the same reason. ...less racism, less sexism, higher math/reading scores, longer life expectancy, flat screen TVs, the internet, and on and on. It's called "intellectual honesty", which is also known as "not being a hypocrite".

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 27, 2012

    So, no one here would have stoppped this mass murderer if they could have? Is that really a difficult question? And, if you just let the guy go on in the school and do what he did, you have no idea what people might think of you? Really?

    And, you think that you can tell an all-knowing being something s/he doesn't already know?

    And, an all-powerful being can be kept out of any sort of human-made building?...with only a few human-written words on human-made paper?

    People. Are you listening to yourselves?

  • whyalltheproblems Dec 27, 2012

    very true lopo

  • lopo Dec 27, 2012

    Amazing, isn't it? The hypocritical right wingers just don't get the real message of Jesus. LOVE. EVERYONE. No violence and help the poor and sick. geosol

    Remember it was the left wing that kicked God out of school, court houses and all public buildings, they ever boo'ed God during the democratic convention. Maybe we should look in the mirror before we start to judge.

  • whyalltheproblems Dec 27, 2012

    to allinfantsareathiests, I don't have the answers to your questions. However, I can ask this: have you ever done something you know to be wrong? for instance; lie, speed, maybe cheat on a test, do something dishonest at work. I know those examples are far from being close to gun violence, etc. However, the bottom line is, have you ever been stopped by God from doing those things? My guess is no. I've never been stopped from doing something I know to be wrong. I have to make that choice to stop, or not do it.
    @ geosol, it is sad and ironic that the conservatives don't get the real message of Jesus. Not many people truly do...not the liberals either. Jesus also said to follow and obey God's commands. Who among us is doing that?

  • geosol Dec 26, 2012

    Amazing, isn't it? The hypocritical right wingers just don't get the real message of Jesus. LOVE. EVERYONE. No violence and help the poor and sick.

  • lwe1967 Dec 26, 2012

    To the athiests - Our God gave us free will. He did not allow or start this. It is the evil ones around us doing this. There are metally ill people all around and they are fine as long as they take their medications, but they don't think that they are ill or wont' take their meds. God doesn't let bad happen. Evil and bad is there because of the devil. God is good and gives free will and love to each and every one of us!