It was reported by KCTV-5 in Kansas City, tonight, that a Catholic church in Roeland Park, Kansas, was the location of a robbery on Christmas morning. Their report may be found here: www.kctv5.com/story/24316166/roeland-park-church-parishioner-robbed-on-c....
According to their report, a parishioner was in the Adoration Chapel on Christmas morning when approached by a robber who got away with $50.00. This is a saddening thought. Churches should be a place where people can come and go while feeling safe in the presence of the Lord. But, with today's society, a lot of people are facing hard times and desperate times call for desperate measures. Churches have been being hit by thieves a lot recently. Sometimes it is for the collection money. Other times, it is for equipment that can be stolen and sold on the streets. Many churches have had to pay for additional security systems to monitor the grounds and the interior of the church and other related buildings. Churches that have been broken into have to pay for repairs and replacement of whatever was stolen. Even if the theft was covered by insurance, repairs have to be made immediately. The paperwork and payment by insurance can be time-consuming.
The parishioner in KCTV-5's report who said that he would pray for the thief is handling this in the proper way. We may not ever know who the robber was, or what caused him/her to rob the person in the chapel that morning. God knows the whole story, and can work to make changes. The police will do their job as best they can. The rest is in the Lord's hands. Isaiah 61: 8 says, "For I, the Lord, love what is right, I hate robbery and injustice; I will give them their recompense faithfully, a lasting covenant I will make with them," (The New American Bible, 1987, Wichita, KS: Devore & Sons, Inc.).
Let us pray for all who may be inclined to resort to robbery or theft to survive. Many circumstances could be involved: poverty, unemployment, mental illness, alcohol-related problems, family issues, and so much more. May God help them to mend their ways by giving them the assistance that they need.