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Yesterday the world I encountered in my travels through the day seemed to be filled with grief, anxiety and fear.

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Three years ago today, two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed, an estimated 264 were wounded.

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In a recent report at CBC Andre Mayer offers “ISIS: 5 essential things to know about the jihadi group’s ideology.” (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/isis-1.3336540)

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Brother Christian de Cherge’s second pillar of peace is deeply counterintuitive.

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The most important question in the face of terror is not how can I understand what has happened, how can I get even, or how can I guarantee my security. The most important question is, “How might I respond in a way that might genuinely promote peace?”

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The terror unleashed in the streets of Paris on Friday 13 November 2015 press upon us again the vexed question of how we respond to extremist actions and attitudes in whatever form they may arise.

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After writing this morning’s post, I read, thanks to Alastair McCollum, a statement from Paris posted on FaceBook by Bishop Pierre Whalon that strikes me as a profound and courageous Christian statement in the face of the horror that was inflicted upon the world last week.

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Part of what makes Friday’s tragedy in Paris so startling for us is that it brings death so close to home.

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As France again reels from violence unleashed against its citizens, my mind goes to the French monks who lived in Tibhirine in the early 1990’s.

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In a tiny way I came closer than I ever want to come yesterday to feeling personally the impact of terrorism.

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