I have been watching with horror the social unrest and riots in London. You have been in my prayers.
I fear we are going to see more of this sort of thing in the future.
Please stay safe!
I wish I had access to someone’s SlingBox in London so I could watch the TV there and follow what is going on. I am hearing some pretty bad things on the news.
See this from the Daily Telegraph. Kids volunteer to clean up! Go watch the video NOW. Now, I say!
A very cool story from The Guardian:
London riots: hundreds answer appeal to clean up streets
Facebook and Twitter mobilises hundreds of people to clear debris from streets in London’s worst-hit communities
Hundreds of people armed with brooms, binbags and rubber gloves turned out across London to help clean up the damage caused by a third night of rioting, looting and arson.
Co-ordinated online on Facebook and Twitter, volunteers mobilised in the worst-hit parts of the capital to sweep streets, help local shopkeepers and show solidarity with communities thrown into turmoil by the violence. Though their efforts were thwarted in many parts by police work, their presence on the streets gave a valuable morale boost to those seeking an end to the disturbances.
UPDATE 10 Aug 0026 London time:
From Fr. Finigan in Blackfen, Kent southeast of London:
If you are looking for an explanation of what is behind the “civil unrest” that seems to have taken everyone by surprise, here is an account from two girls in my childhood home, Croydon:
“Just showin the Police and the rich people we can do what we want” about sums it up, I think. “I can do what I want” is the net result of moral relativism applied by the ordinary teenager affected by original sin and educated in a system that undermines any real foundation of duty to God, country or neighbour.
Few people have noted the irony of the appeals by the Police to parents to “contact their children.”
For several decades our country has undermined marriage, the family, and the rights of parents. Agents of the state can teach your children how to have sex, give them condoms, put them on the pill, give them the morning-after pill if it doesn’t work, and take them off for an abortion if that doesn’t work – and all without you having any say in the matter or necessarily even knowing about it. Now all of a sudden, we want parents to step in and tell their teenage children how to behave.
WDTPRS Kudos to the great Fr. Finigan, PP of Blackfen. Be safe, friend.