In all the commemorations yesterday of Pope Benedict’s fifth anniversary as head of the universal church, another anniversary got short shrift — the 15th anniversary of the bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Fortunately, Maria de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda recalls the event in this piece titled “We will never forget: 15 years after the Oklahoma City bombing” on the blog of U.S. Catholic magazine.
Maria is a longtime friend of many of us here at Catholic News Service. An active member of the Catholic Press Association from her home in Norman, Okla., and an accomplished author and journalist, she covered the bombing for us as a freelance writer. (Visit her Web site here.)
Her essay on the bombing is a powerful remembrance of good triumphing over evil. “We will always remember that the stories of human goodness, generosity, and compassion overwhelmed and conquered one despicable act of evil,” she concludes after recounting the many acts of humanity that followed the bombing.
Yes, we must never forget.