Spirit tested by fire and comes out strong
To the Editor:
The very tragic events which recently struck our community revealed the caring and compassion of citizens of all ages, religious affiliations, cultural backgrounds and socio-economic status. Ironically, these same characteristics are often at the roots of division and conflict in communities. The strength of our oft hidden community spirit as exhibited by the citizens of St. Paul and area, resulted in a tsunami of volunteerism and participation primarily intended to provide some consolation to the families who grieved in a most personal manner.
There are many analogies which describe what has occurred in our community as a result of these events. One such analogy which immediately comes to mind is that our community spirit has been tested by fire. Consequently, there was an immediate desire to demonstrate unconditional support. A second might be that from even the most hurtful afflictions, some goodness can arise. In joining with Meganís family as they mourn her death and the other families in their trials as they anticipate the recovery of their daughters, parents are reminded of the gift of their own children, the most precious of all gifts!
In looking onward, we must note the obvious desire that things be done which will perpetuate the memory of the victims of this most horrendous event. This is very important as it not only serves to ease the sorrow we all feel but it also becomes a catalyst to strengthen the community spirit which has awakened.
As people enter our community, they drive past a sign which says: St. Paul, A People Kind of Place. One of the on-going legacies emerging from this horrendous tragedy is that that motto has now become legitimate and will be a perpetual memorial to all.
Dieu tire le bien du mal!
Paul E, Boisvert
A proud citizen of St. Paul
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