I am reminded for some reason of something that happened many years ago when I was about 16 years old. At that time the was here had been going on for many years and their were many deaths. A young Catholic woman and her fiancee were going home one night by taxi when they were stopped by a check point of militant Protestant paramilitaries. But her and her boy friend were dragged off into the night she screaming at the top of her voice. I heard years later that the taxi driver, himself a Protestant was later admitted to a mental hospital and never recovered from hearing the poor girls screams. Anyway my father at the time was a newspaper Editor and when the girl and the boys poor tortured bodies were found he got to see the girls body and details of how she had been tortured to death. I can only say her sufferings were simple unimaginable, the very worst you could imagine from Hannibal Lector and Hollywood simply pale into insignificance. My father shared some of these things with me, I really wish looking back he never had. I guess what I am trying to say is , I have had a great deal of first hand experience with evil deeds and evil people in my life, right up front. I think this has changed me and the way I look at the world. It has made me more aware, look at things differently. When I was talking to the Jewish guy , Spencer from Brooklyn in Church a few days ago, he said something to me about the Shoah that struck a chord. He said that now Jewish people after the Holocaust , 'Felt insecure'. I know at once what he meant. To meet evil face to face results in a loss of innocence. I guess that's what I am trying to say, I have long, long long lost my innocence where evil is concerned..and yes it has forced me to take a stand , to be judgemental,if you like, about it. We heard a few weeks ago , here in the West that they are burying men women and children alive in Iraq. I think the vast majority of people in the West do not know how to come to terms with these things; I think they think that it is for all countries, other countries , other religions. They shelter themselves in myths. They preserve their innocence. But I long, long ago lost my innocence. Evil is all around us. A very large part of me wishes I could turn the clock back and regain it. But I can't. The genie is out of the box. I don't know if I explain myself too well. But I think that is why I regard Christ's words differently than others. My own impression of Jesus is, perhaps I am wrong , but that Jesus Himself had gone face to face with evil Himself. Anyhow, as I say very interesting.