Yesterday morning I awoke to a deluge of Twitter alerts regarding the terror attack in Paris on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.  Twelve people were killed in the attack, including 10 members of the paper’s staff.

Hebdo Twitter Avatar

Not being much of a Francophile, I wasn’t terribly familiar with the publication, always assuming it was an adult Mad Magazine, of sorts.

After the horror of the morning’s updates, I searched Charlie Hebdo on Twitter.  The first thing I saw was the paper’s avatar.

Now, as a Catholic, still celebrating Christmas—one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar—this image of my Lord and Savior and His spotless, ever-virgin Mother is disgusting and disrespectful.  However, I am not moved to kill anyone over it.

See, that’s what separates peaceful people of God from those who take religious extremism to violence.

Liberty has no boundaries, neither does hatred.  But then, neither does the love of Jesus Christ.

Ste. Joan of Arc, pray for France!