“It is a weakness of our human minds that we must see things, and even people, in groups, in masses; we are not up to the strain of seeing them individually. Coleridge said, truly enough, that if a man went up to the roof of St Paul’s and remembered everything he had seen from it, he would go mad. We select, we generalize, we divide things into classes; lilies, grains of corn, sheep (by which we mean sheeps), sparrows, and so on. But almighty God sees each of them; and how much more evident it is that in this church he doesn’t see a mob of people hearing Mass; he sees you and me. That is why, if you believe in the doctrine of Providence at all, you have got to believe in a Providence which looks after us individually. God sees us individually, and it is impossible that his love should be less all-embracing than his regard. To him, you are not just one flower in a bunch, one grain in a basket, one sparrow in a flight, one sheep in a flock; you are the one he cares about. We (except perhaps when we are in love) find it difficult to think about our fellow creatures except in a general way; masses of men, movements, and tendencies in history, and so on. But to God each of us is unique, and each of us is the one that matters.”– Msgr. Ronald Knox (Homily given 31 August 1947)
Pray for the nearly 300 martyrs of Sri Lanka, slaughtered at the hands of Jihadis. There can be no co-operation with, or excuses for, such evil. How soon the news cycle will move on… Until the next time.