The angels' song of Glory to God and Peace on Earth is still echoing, but the events today are anything but peaceful. I worry for our sisters in Pakistan. When chaos breaks out, especially under circumstances like today's assassination, when the will of a small group (or of a small man) imposes itself over millions, minorities of any stripe can be seen as a threat to the common good. And Catholic women, even if they are native Pakistani women, can seem like a foreign influence in a country under stress. The fact that our sisters are engaged in promoting Christianity through the media puts them all the more at risk, even when the provocation is strictly political, and the sisters are not aligned with the government or, goodness knows, with Islamic fundamentalists!
So say a prayer for peace in Pakistan, and another one for the Daughters of St. Paul there.