Rejoicing in the streets. Gestures of triumph. Chanting and wordless cries of jubilation. Last night around the White House? Yes. And ten years ago, in the Middle East when the twin towers fell.
We decried it then as unseemly and out of place.
It still is, even though the man who died yesterday with a bullet to the head had so much innocent blood on his hands.
The Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, put it very well: "In the face of a man's death, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibilities of each person before God and before men, and hopes and works so that every event may be the occasion for the further growth of peace and not of hatred."
That is our mission now, if we choose to accept it.
Here's a great reflection that draws on our Catholic tradition (and "traditions") in helping us take on a truly Christian response to the current situation.