David Haines, rest in peace. Mass for his intention.

What part of “war” is unclear?

I am sadden and infuriated at the murder of the British aid worker David Haines.  Practitioners of the Religion of Peace sawed his head off.

His family probably won’t see this, but…

I will say Mass for David Haines tomorrow.  Tomorrow, Exaltation of the Cross, I can choose my own intention.

David Haines, rest in peace.

Sts. Nunilo and Alodia, pray for us.

St. Lawrence of Brindisi, pray for us.


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  1. Mike says:

    May the Lord bless you for this, Father.

    This type of news reminds me of a bumper-sticker somewhat popular after 9-11: War is Not the Answer (except for fighting terrorism, slavery, slaughter of innocents, etc.

    Or something like that.

  2. YoungLatinMassGuy says:

    May he rest in peace.
    I’ll pray for his soul tomorrow at Mass.

    He is not the first. He will not be the last.

    Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

    islam IS the problem. The sooner we come to terms with that reality, the better.

    Also, keep vigilant and stay safe, Father, I’d hate to wake up news of your own beheading.

    [So would I.]

  3. Unwilling says:


  4. yatzer says:

    I feel I should say something, but nothing is adequate.

  5. Martlet says:

    Couldn’t sleep so got up and put the news on. Heartbreaking.

  6. StJude says:

    May God bless his soul. So sad.

  7. blessedtolivenow says:

    Does anyone feel that in light of what is happening, all of our little daily worries and bothers seem petty and small? I feel that we need to pray for the soul of not only David, but of the broken and evil man who perpetrated this act!

  8. Suburbanbanshee says:

    We do need to pray for the souls of persecutors. This was a man who was doing nothing but good, for free, as a gift; and they repaid him with evil. Even the pagans can do better than that.

    But it is an honor to die the death of a St. Paul. Mr. Haines is in a better place. It may be that his reward will be to receive the power from God to give more aid than he ever could when alive.

  9. “Does anyone feel that in light of what is happening, all of our little daily worries and bothers seem petty and small?” Yes and gracious that our own family members will die a peaceful death surrounded by friends and family..or at least with caring people and last rites.
    Thank you Father for saying this Mass for him. There are more hostages and they will have the same fate unless they find out people will not tolerate barbarism. Prayers for them and their families too.
    This is not the religion of peace. In fact,this is Islam to its core.In it’s ‘purest’ form.
    Still waiting for Obama’s words to mean something.

  10. NBW says:

    May he rest in peace.

  11. Eric says:

    God have mercy on his soul.

    I think if I was in charge I would have to consider making a deal with ISIS. If they threaten to kill more hostages if the airstrikes continue, I would offer them the choice of delivering the rest of the hostages alive and well to the embassy at either Amman, Damascus, or Bagdhad by noon Tuesday or be wiped from the face of the earth.

  12. StWinefride says:

    Yes and gracious that our own family members will die a peaceful death surrounded by friends and family..or at least with caring people and last rites.

    How I wish that could be true – but none of us can have that certitude, either for ourselves or our loved ones. There is not a human being on earth, who upon rising in the morning, can say with 100% certainty that they will go to bed, alive, that night. Which is why, every day, we need to pray:

    From a sudden and unprovided death, spare us O Lord!

    David Haines – RIP

  13. Massachusetts Catholic says:

    There are other hostages to pray for. One in particular is an American in his 70s named Warren Weinstein. He was a US aid worker in Pakistan when he was kidnapped by Al Qaeda in 2011. The announcement of his kidnapping included the phrase, “We have a Jew.” He has shown up occasionally on video for several years, the last time in Dec. 2013. He has two daughters. His family lives in Maryland.

  14. KateD says:

    I received a prayer request via a Franciscan group to pray 3 Hail Mary’s at 6:30 pm daily for peace as related to the muslim extremist threat. The prayer request did not mention what time zone.

    I would tell you the deal I would like to make with ISIS, but I just went to confession last night and haven’t been to Mass yet…….

  15. Amerikaner says:

    Is it true that Jesus is mentioned in the Koran more than Mohammed and that Mary is the only women named by name? Here is where I heard this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiZOMOdkFrE

  16. acmeaviator says:

    Amerikaner – James 2:19 – “even the demons believe…”.

  17. Rachel K says:

    Thank you Fr Z for your compassion towards this man and his young family.

  18. Supertradmum says:

    Taught three classes on Islam at the college level years ago. I would start the class by saying I could be killed for teaching the class as women are not supposed to read the Koran or study it.

    So much for the religion of peace. Fr. Schall has an article on this problem of pretense.

    God bless this man, his family, his children. We are all targets, all.


  19. JustaSinner says:

    NOW is it time for the EIGHTH Crusade???

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