That is what all this killing is throughout the world: senseless! On every continent there are reports of killings and massacres, plundering and rape. We are no better than the Huns of the fifth century who were called barbarians. Are we not barbarians as well? In Chiapas the senseless slaughter by the rebels continues as it does in Rwanda, and Burundi, and India, not to mention the killings in Northern Ireland and the mideast. Then there are the killings in so-called "civilized" countries such as throughout Europe, in the far east and, yes, right here in America where a confessed killer of over one hundred is exalted. We're speaking of Jack Kervorkian, the "suicide doctor" who is allowed to continue his maniacal ways hiding behind loop-holes in the law while harmless women, converted to Christ, and having paid their debt to society, are offered up on the altar of public execution. What's wrong with this picture? Have we lost all sense of sanity? Are we no different than the time of Christ when the people first hailed Him but then offered Him up as the sacrificial victim because He was not complying to what they wanted?
With Holy Week fast approaching it is a time to do some serious soul searching, to ask what each one of us can do to stop the senseless slaughters and to help turn this topsy-turvy world around. We can't do it by ourselves. Only through and with God. Many years ago, there was a powerful book by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, we believe, called "You Can Change the World" and it had so much truth and common sense spirituality to it. It had no grandiose plans, no great overnight conversions, no miracle cure-all remedies. The main message was to do your part, little by little each day in unison with God's Will and slowly, but surely you can change the world. That is our charge today, to go back to the basics and make prayer our focal point, to latch on to one of the greatest weapons we have - the Rosary, and to stay the course no matter what obstacles stand in our way. If we can do that, we can be assured God will stand with us, just as He stood with Pope Saint Leo the Great at the gates of Rome when the Scourge of Christians, Atilla the Hun threatened to crush the eternal city and Christ's Holy Church. Through the Almighty's intervention and Leo's obedience millions of souls were saved, including, we pray, Attila's. Our mission today is to employ prayer and the tenets of our faith to the task at hand and enlist Heaven for Mercy on His children who refuse to acknowledge His laws, His natural and sacred order of life. As we begin this assault on Heaven, let us pray that the beating embryos of the unborn and the wrinkled brows of the aged will mean more to people than a whale. If they don't realize this, if they don't acknowledge God's power and mastery over the entire human race and all creation, then they will have become no better than the followers of Attila. They will have become the modern barbarians at the gate!