Often, when confronted with unspeakable evil, words fail us.
But sometimes, just sometimes, someone finds words that inspire us all.
If you haven’t already, please take a moment out of your day to marvel at the remarks of Antoine Leiris, whose wife was killed in the abomination that struck Paris.
Leiris has now been left to raise his 17-month old son alone, following the death of his wife during the slaughter at the Bataclan Theatre.
And yet, in spite of his loss, Leiris inspires us with extraordinary dignity. He writes:
“You would like me to be scared, for me to look at my fellow citizens with a suspicious eye, for me to sacrifice my liberty for my security. You have lost.
“I saw her this morning. At last, after nights and days of waiting. She was as beautiful as when she left on Friday evening, as beautiful as when I fell head over heels in love with her more than 12 years ago.
“Of course I am devastated with grief, I grant you this small victory, but it will be short-lived.
“I know she will be with us every day and we will find each other in heaven with free souls which you will never have.
“Us two, my son and I, we will be stronger than every army in the world. I cannot waste any more time on you as I must go back to [my son] who has just woken from his sleep.
“He is only just 17 months old, he is going to eat his snack just like every other day, then we are going to play like every other day and all his life this little boy will be happy and free.
“Because you will never have his hatred either.”
Be sure to read the entire document. It’ll show you that there is still love in a world that seems darkened by evil.
H/T: London Telegraph