A few years ago I led retreats for the de la Salle brothers’ communities in Pakistan. I was impressed with the commitment and peaceful strength of the brothers, and inspired by the work they were doing, particularly in education. Following today’s tragedy at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan with the tragic murder of 132 children with their teachers, (read at this link) I received an email from Br Shahid, principal of Albans Boys and Girls High School in Multan (Pakistan). Shahid writes:
“Dear Brothers, Sisters, teachers and students, It is a heartbreaking by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar Pakistan that is unfolding before us. Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this. Let us condemn these terrible and cowardly acts and pray for the families of the victims who have lost their beloved children, for the wisdom of our leaders and also for the terrorists to change of their hearts. God may be with everyone and bring peace to the whole world and especially in Pakistan”.
Let us whole heartedly respond to Br. Shahid’s request, and pray as he requests us to.