Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Keepers of Memory

Yes, Benedict XVI lifted the excommunication of a Pius X bishop who, among other mind-boggling gaffs, denied the existence of Nazi gas chambers. This has, of course, inspired an almost-as-mind-boggling pile of crud in the blogosphere, accusing the pope of being himself a Nazi. Not worth linking to.

So, it was refreshing to read an account of a truly heroic Catholic priest who has made it his life mission to commemorate the forgotten victims of the Shoah (or "Holocaust"):

"As the unmarked mass graves are slowly located, one by one, and sanctified with the recitation of the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer of mourning for the dead, the cries can at last be silenced. Are we our brothers' keepers? To Father Desbois, the answer is a resounding 'Yes.'"

How beautiful are our keepers. This is not voodoo or superstition; this ministry reaches to heaven. We must all expose the unmarked graves in our lives, beg mercy for those deaths and God's grace to begin a new life.

1 comment:

e said...

URG! I hate the way the writer of the article on the excommunication-lifting recounts the Regensburg incident.... That was no gaff!