17 August 2005

brother roger slain

Tragically, 90 year old Brother Roger, founder of the Taize ecumenical community in France, died last night after a disturbed woman, who was among the worshippers, slit his throat at the Church of Reconciliation in Burgundy, France.

I've known a number of people over the years who have been touched by Christ through the ministry of Taize and the counsel of their brothers, in several cases led back to the faith through the witness of those involved with the community. My eldest niece is among those who have benefitted greatly from Taize in her own spiritual growth. Many people are likely familiar with the style of prayer and music that originates with the community.

I'm very saddened to hear of this news and know the grief it must bring to many. Let us keep the Taize community and those it has touched in our prayers, for comfort and the for grace of forgiveness. And pray also for the woman who did this, that she might know the love of God and the clarity of mind that only Jesus can bring.

A Taize prayer: Jesus, light of our hearts, since you rose from the dead, you have never stopped coming to us. Whatever point we may be at, you are always waiting for us. And you tell us: Come to me, you who are burdened and you will be comforted.