So today I went to two prayer services for the Sandy Hook and Clackamas Town Center shootings.
I learned a lot today, mainly about forgiveness. If you look at the above picture (sorry my phone has really bad quality), you might notice the roses. The twenty white roses represent the lives of the children lost at Sandy Hook while the eight red ones represent the teachers and lives lost at both Clackamas and the elementary school. But you may also notice two other pink roses.
They were for the shooters.
Yes, in my very own catholic school, we had a dedication to the shooters. And that struck my heart in a very strange way. I had been mad at both of these men, Adam Lanza and Jacob Tyler Roberts, for what they did. It may sound hypocritical, because I am apart of the Columbine and James Holmes community, but I couldn’t come up with the strength to forgive them. But today I did.
When they mentioned the roses for the two shooters, I immediately thought back to Columbine with the two crosses for Eric and Dylan, and how much outrage that sparked. Of course this was on a much smaller scale, but why is it acceptable to acknowledge the shooters now than it was back then?
Today I realized that we all go through our own personal struggles. Whether it is anger at society that rejected them, mental illness, or just the urge to cause destruction, it is out of our hands. I know a lot of you don’t believe in God, but I do, and I believe although God didn’t want these poor people to perish, it was out of his hands as well. We are all given free will, and it is our responsibility what we do with that. We can’t stop others from committing these horrible acts, but we can forgive. And although I am not in the place to forgive these men, I do.
And that was “Maya’s Super Religious Forgiveness Post of the Day”