Column: Let's pray for the Clearfield cat abuser

Sunday , March 19, 2017 - 5:00 AM2 comments

JANAE FRANCIS, Standard-Examiner Staff

I wish to ask for something from the faith community that admittedly is an unorthodox request.

I am asking for prayers of love for the person or persons who abused Sage the cat. They obviously are void of love, or they wouldn’t have taken out their frustrations on an innocent creature.

Since the abuse was first reported in the Standard-Examiner on March 8, many in the community have expressed rage about a seemingly senseless act of violence against a cat, an act that resulted in the cat’s death.

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Showing love for the loveless is not a new concept. It’s well-documented in scripture.

‘Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you,” reads the New International Version of Luke 6:28.

“I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you,” reads the King James version of Matthew 5:44.

Today, scientists are studying an interesting concept. There are science-minded people who believe that showing love for another — even if just in thought — actually can help them.

A story on National Public Radio, “Can Positive Thoughts Help Heal Another Person?,” tells of scientific findings with huge odds pointing to this being true.

There are also scientific studies that point to helping oneself by loving others.

Time Magazine editors understand this concept. The magazine published an article titled “The Secret to Happiness Is Helping Others” in October 2015.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating that whoever is responsible for this crime should be excused for those actions. I believe in justice.

I just believe in a God who who exercises both justice and mercy. An article published at titled “How do God’s mercy and justice work together in salvation?” explains one person’s view of how this is possible.

If this person were brought to justice, there are many who would rest easier.

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What I’m saying is that if we, as a community, respond with love rather than hate, the world will be a better place as a result.

Let’s not forget the very quotable Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Science and spiritualists are studying vibrations. There is much information on the benefits of meditation and love. There is much research that suggests when we come from a place of love, we are both healthier and happier.

It stands to reason that we should pray hardest for those most in need of prayer.

Let’s pray for whoever abused Sage the cat.

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