Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners.
Someone set a statue of the Virgin Mary in front of St. Peter Parish in Boston, MA, on fire:
Police spoke with Boston firefighters, who said that an unknown suspect had set fire to plastic flowers, which were in the hands of the statue, causing the face and upper body of the statue to be burned.
“I was shocked. (There’s) disappointment, sadness,” said Fr. John Curran, the pastor of Saint Peter Parish. “The image of Our Lady is so important for us and our faith. It’s such a contradiction to her love. Mary would never desecrate anyone, never hurt anyone, only offer them the peace and love of Jesus. I think that’s where it really hits us in our hearts.”
A Boston firefighter, who said he was among those who responded to the fire, shared a photo of the burned statue with NewsCenter 5.
The church placed the Blessed Virgin Mary statue outside “just after the end of World War II to welcome back soldiers who were returning to Dorchester.”
I love my Catholic faith so much. No matter who wrongs us we always reach out to them:
Curran hopes whoever started the fire will come forward and said that the church would be there for them if they were looking for help.
“There’s too much division, too much hatred, too much beating each other up,” he said. “Hopefully, from this, we can have a sign from our God that we need to keep pressing, pressing, pressing the issue of reconciliation, unity and peace.”
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