By Tom Quiner
I have a family member living in London.
We hear from her increasingly as violence on the streets of London has become the new normal. A recap of Islamist terrorist attacks in London and surrounding burgs in recent years:
2005: Three trains and a double decker bus were bombed, killing 52 people and injuring 700.
2007: Two car bombs were discovered in cars with large gas canisters and nails. Fortunately, neither bomb detonated.
2013: A British soldier was attacked in the streets of London and killed. The killers attempted to publicly decapitate him.
2016: An unexploded “improvised explosive device” was discovered on a train.
2017: A car driven by an Islamic terrorist drove over pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge. He then got out of the car and stabbed a police officer. Five were killed and 40 more were injured.
2017: A few months later, a van with three perpetrators drove into more pedestrians, this time on the London Bridge. Then they disembarked and began stabbing people in pubs and restaurants, killing eight with 48 more injured.
2017: In Manchester, a bomb detonated following a concert by Ariana Grande killing 22 people and injuring another 59.
The carnage is picking up its pace. My family member was threatened on a street in broad daylight by someone of Mideast descent. Another person, also of Mideast descent, intervened on her behalf and whisked her to safety.
She loves London and has dual citizenship, but is questioning if its charm is worth the increasing hazard of living in the crosshairs of Islamic terrorists.
I saw something that gave me encouragement: a Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Central London. The Feast of Corpus Christi was last Sunday in the Roman Catholic (universal) Church. On this day, we especially celebrate the reality of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist.
I appreciate the courage of the faithful, who you can see in the photo above, who graced the bloodied streets of London with the healing Blood of Christ in a procession with a thousand people.
Men will always hate, but Christ is the antidote to hate. He is present to us in His Body and His Blood. I pray for the souls of the victims of Islamic terrorist. I also pray for the souls of those who kill in the name of Allah.
They are so misguided.
I pray for their conversion to the one, true God, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.