Hundreds of storylines are flowing from the recent tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombings. The City continues to seek healing from the horrible deaths which shook the normal festivities of the annual event. One question that is emerging: Should the surviving brother, suspect for the attack, receive the death penalty if convicted?

Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston,  in his homily at a Mass celebrated the Sunday after the bombings, told those assembled  that they should be a people "of reconciliation, not revenge." "Forgiveness does not mean that we do not realize the heinousness of the crime. But in our hearts when we are unable to forgive we make ourselves a victim of our own hatred."

"... Obviously as a Catholic I oppose the death penalty, which I think is one further manifestation of the culture of death in our midst."

May we continue to pray for the victims of the crime and their loved ones  as well as those who work in the criminal justice system that we might help bring an end to the culture of violence and build a culture of life in our nation and throughout the world. "I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live" (Dt 30:19).