That Was The Year That Was . . . and IS

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It is a very different world that tries to undermine our amazing civilisation and attack our daily existence. This year has proven to me that no matter the damage caused through terrorist attacks, through storms and warfare, through political ends and acts of insanity by demagogues, whatever the outcome we all have the resilience and resourcefulness to overcome those perils. When it comes too close to home it can undermine our welfare and even take our lives but those that survive appear to have a strengthened tenacity and fresh goals to prevail against the force of disruptive evil.

The photograph above shows my personal tribute to the memory of Charlie Hebdo and also entitled “Je suis Charlie” the slogan and logo created by French art director Joachim Roncin and adopted by supporters of freedom of speech and freedom of the press after the 7 January 2015 shooting in which twelve people were killed in his newspaper office.

That was a pivotal moment for me because it hurt all of us.

Are we shaken by the manner in which these atrocities appear to be escalating? It hurts me that no individual innocently going about their daily life is immune from the cowardly acts that have been perpetrated in the last two years. No city, no airport, train station or building is immune from being a ready target but the long term psychological damage that it causes is an indeterminate amount of suffering for which I pray to relieve. We all have a certain ‘package’ of hurt whether it be mental, physical or self-inflicted, but by moving through and beyond that pain or worry we grow in wisdom and in our care for others.

.. .. .. .. and yet again today in London

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