The images of death, suffering and consequent fear from Barcelona have shocked people during the past week. The physical suffering and bereavement for individuals and families are impossible to comprehend or imagine. It surely is beyond words and description. Our faith in God is shaken and virtually unable to cope with, or scarcely comprehend, such events. However, at the centre of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the triumph of hope over despair and love over fear. We have to dig very hard to reach this truth in the light of our own personal suffering and the irrationality of terrorist attacks. We dig deep and we call out to God to help us in our own lives, to comfort the bereaved in Barcelona and ultimately to reach the hardened hearts of those intent on destruction of people’s lives. God, our Father, we call on you at our Mass this weekend, in our parish, in our families to reach out to the bereaved and truly show us your triumph over fear and death. May those who have died so tragically rest in the peace of the Lord.