Sunday, April 15, 2007

A Contradictory Day?

I'm sure some of you know today was "Holocaust Remembrance Day" yet it was also "Divine Mercy Sunday" in the Catholic faith.  Such tragedies as were endured in those camps, then meditating on the mercy of God, it can be confusing, yet maybe not.  Who will ever know why those atrocities were allowed to happen?  Some said because good men did nothing.  Yet who knows of the unspoken, unknown mercies shown to just one person in one camp?  Good men did nothing...I don't know, I remember reading how alot of men and woman, both good and bad, gave their lives to help who they could.  But a day to reflect on the mercies of God, on the same day - truly, only someone with a deeper understanding than I could comprehend the two.  Blind faith.  It has its place.   

8 comments:

bhbner2him said...

I didn't know it was either.  Does make for a paradox.  Perhaps if anything, that because of God's Divine Mercy we will be saved from the even worse horrors of the End of the Age.  -  Barbara

shadierush said...

I disn't know it was "Holocaust Rememberance Day". And what is "Divine Mercy Sunday"? It all sounds like a good idea, but wouldn't it help if people actually KNEW? I will mark the Holocaust Rememberance Day on my calander and remember to talk to my grandchildren about it next year.
Shadie

rockoned7 said...

The holocaust Memorial Day is a day which fluctuates as like Easter in the Christian calendar.  Yom Hashoah is actually on Monday the 16th April this year and doesn’t conflict with Divine Mercy Sunday. However it is a great idea to let one think on all the horrors that took place on that crime against humanity.

Nearest in my thoughts are the words of the Chief Rabbi of Berlin when he said “There is no God, as if there were He wouldn’t allow this to happen!” on his realisation that the destruction of his people in Birkenau camp was a fact and under his nose and he could do nothing to stop it.

Where it does relate in our Christian teaching is the words of St John: 20 19-31, usually the gospel reading on this day, where he tells of Thomas’s doubt of the risen Christ yet receives a blessing because he has seen and learned that Christ has risen. It was a greater blessing on those who believed and yet never saw what Thomas saw.

So Thomas and the Rabbi go head to head so it is well that we remember with thought of those two on this day. Well done Cathy

princesssaurora said...

Sad day... I was reading some of the stories... such horrors suffered... so sad.

be well,
Dawn
http://journals.aol.com/princesssaurora/CarpeDiem/

pharmolo said...

I have Holocaust Day down for January 27th, as being the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz extermination camp in 1945. No matter. The role of the Roman Catholic church, in standing by and saying little, in the persecution of the Jews is not likely to be forgotten. Forgiveness - yes, forget - not.

luddie343 said...

Cathy 2 Guido: I agree, setting aside a date to remember something matters only if it helps bring people together, in love, education, memorandum.  The Roman Catholic calendar does flucuate on some days, I can only note that Holocaust Remembrance Day, shown as 4/15 this year, differs from Liberation Day for places like Bergen-Belsen, Auchwitz-Berkenau, Lodz, ad infin. mostly by the Russian armies.  Divine Mercy Sunday falls on 4/15 this year as well.  1/27 is listed as the Feast of St. Angela Merici, honorarium BVM.  But these are calendars, we have human hearts.  Some things should always be uppermost in our minds, I'd say.  

slimhawk said...

Well, the world is full of good and bad and I guess we have to take in both and exhale it.  We can't just look at the bad because if we do, we would all be destined for nothing better.  On the other hand, there is always good and bad in everything and even when the bad seems to out weigh the good, if we search for the good, we can find some kind of comfort.  Life is a contadiction if you ask me.  Who's to say or know why things happen the way they do???

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