Pray for peace, and for Boston

To the editor:

As we go about our daily lives in small-town Minnesota- lives of routine, family, friends, peace and security, our attention has been turned once again to an American catastrophe. Evil has afflicted us again as cowardly terrorist bombings have savaged the beautiful,historic city of Boston! Now all Americans are Bostoniansi!

America has a most remarkable, incredibly long history of our people joining forces to combat natural and man-made disasters, thereby protecting and maintaining the common good. America’s fervent desire for peace, prosperity and the rule of law is the envy of the world.’

As we continue our national daily experiment in democracy we are reminded of the stirring words of the 17th century English poet and cleric, John Donne. His words were a clarion call for love, peace, and universal brotherhood:

No man is an island, entire of itself;

Each is a piece of the continent, a part of the main,

Each man’s death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind.

Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Meditation 17 John Donne, 1624

May these heartfelt words strike a ringing chord, calling for peace and national unity today, for all who read them.

Pray for peace. Pray for Boston.

Martin Steffel


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