Among the Living Dead

The media remains transfixed by the horror inflicted upon three women in Cleveland, and even more so upon the fact that a child was born to one of those women.

Think about it:  Three women, captured, tortured, held in a virtual prison for 10 years, and for six of those years, a child was being raised in that environment.  Only in North Korea’s prison camps are children born and raised in such brutal conditions.

Today’s First Reading in the Office of Readings addresses the sort of evil inflicted upon the Cleveland Three — and upon those held in North Korean prison camps:

This is the message you heard from the beginning: we should love one another.
We should not follow the example of Cain who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother.
Why did he kill him?
Because his own deeds were wicked while his brother’s were just.

Why did Arial Castro kidnap, detain and torture the women?  “Because his own deeds were wicked” while the women’s were just.  Why does North Korea maintain brutal prison camps?  Same reason.

The man who does not love is among the living dead, the First Reading continues.  Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that eternal life abides in no murderer’s heart.

After today’s First Reading, I prayed for all those captured, detained and tortured by evil people.  And I prayed that those evil people might repent.

About Joel Whitaker

Joel Whitaker is a long-time professional journalist (Tampa Bay Times, Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Bulletin, Institutional Investor, executive newsletters) and Catholic convert. He is the RCIA coordinator for his parish.
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