Each citizen has to find a way to soothe their temper if there is ever a chance to reduce the violence taking place in this country, Archbishop Jason Gordon said.
As Palm Sunday marked the beginning of the holy week, Gordon’s message to the nation was to emulate Christ’s compassionate followers who accompanied him on his journey to Calvary for his crucifixion.
“We can be Veronica, who wipes his face, we can Simon, lifting the cross, we can be the ones that help the ones who are suffering so the passion will not be dying,” Gordon said.
Commenting on the murders of Cunupia mother Shalini Choon, her daughter Sarah, 11 and son Jacob, seven months, following his service at Our Lady of Perpetual Help yesterday, Gordon said the violence in T&T was difficult to deal with as it keeps escalating.
“As a nation, we have to stop and ask what’s all this anger about and where is all this violence coming from and how are we contributing to this violence? By the way we drive, our short temper at home and in the workplace, by the way that we are contributing to the build-up of tension and anger in our nation. I think every citizen can find a way to bring it down. If each one of us brings it down in our own sphere, we’ll experience the whole temperature of violence and anger in the country coming back down and that will help.”
Choon and Sarah were found inside the family’s car along Hamburg Trace, Toco with their throats slit while Jacob appeared to have suffocated. Police are investigating whether they were killed by Choon’s husband Barry, whose throat was also slit.
Gordon said finding ways to help people suffering from mental illness is also important and when such violence happens, the question of whether it was caused by anger must be asked. He said such violence was strange and everyone must seek to find ways to identify those in need of help as well as the victims and families of violence.
“How do we identify those most in need and how do we help the victims and the families. My heart goes out to the victims and families of those who have suffered and pray for them that God’s mercy will be with them.”