By Sarah Mac Donald - 12 September, 2013
Speaking in Lourdes on Wednesday, the final day of the annual Dublin diocesan pilgrimage, the Archbishop warned that, “Vendetta generates further vendetta and leaves both the perpetrators and the community less secure.”
He was responding to the spate of attacks in the capital which over a 48-hour period saw, among other incidents, a vicious stabbing on the streets in the early evening, a security guard held at gunpoint and the discovery of a pipe bomb in a graveyard.
Referring to some of the recent murders elsewhere around the country, Archbishop Martin appealed: “In these days we have shared here in Lourdes an extraordinary experience of peace. This contrasts with the constant news we receive about the violence of shootings and stabbings that marr the life of the streets of Dublin and around the country,” he said.
He said such horrendous violence can become so commonplace that we become anaesthetised to it and it acquires for its perpetrators a warped sense of celebrity. “Nothing could be farther from the truth,” he commented.
The Archbishop urged communities to raise their voices “unambiguously to condemn those behind this violence.”
He added, “as communities we have to support and cooperate with the Gardaí; we have to speak out; we have to shame the perpetrators; we have to educate our young people; we have to mobilise our communities; we have to pray for an end to a dangerous cancer in our society.”
“Never give up hope; never give in to cynicism and compromise. The Lord works through us and with us in our weakness,” the Archbishop explained.