Following the horror of the bombing at the Boston Marathon on Patriots’ Day this week, President Obama keynoted a “Healing Our City” service Thursday at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The service, featuring hymns and prayers, was attended not only by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, former Governor Mitt Romney, and a number of political and religious dignitaries, but also by victims’ families, emergency responders, and numerous others of the Bay State public, united in grief and resolve to overcome.
President Obama declared, “Your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this heinous act. If they sought to intimidate us, to terrorize us, to shake us from… the values that make us who we are as Americans, well, it should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it…. You showed us, Boston, that in the face of evil, Americans will lift up what's good. In the face of cruelty, we will choose compassion. In the face of those who would visit death upon innocents, we will choose to save and to comfort and to heal. We'll choose friendship. We'll choose love. Because Scripture teaches us God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline. And that's the spirit you've displayed in recent days.”
He concluded, “Scripture tells us to run with endurance the race that is set before us. As we do, may God hold close those who've been taken from us too soon, may He comfort their families and may He continue to watch over these United States of America.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations
Published: April 19, 2013