Canadians grappled this past weekend with something we are not accustomed to – news of a mass shooting. More often we hear of such tragic events taking place south of the border, not in a remote northern town in our Saskatchewan.
“La Loche turns to forgiveness, healing in wake of shootings that killed four,” read the morning headline in our national newspaper. The small isolated town of La Loche has a population mostly made up of aboriginal peoples, a Dene community. Family of those killed asked that friends and neighbours forgive the shooter and pray for him and their loved ones.
Sadly, there are too many of these events fresh in memory – San Bernardino, Calif., and last June in Charleston, S.C. In all three instances, the overwhelming response, however, was one of asking for forgiveness for the perpetrators.
Why is it in our nature to rise to the call to forgive in the wake of such horrific acts? Continue Reading