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Visitor’s Voices of Central Catholic 2013


Francesco Solimena
The Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple
Gallery 36
Blake Wasung

When Will It End?

The dark clouds roll in. Violence and hate everywhere: looting, pillaging, no concern for anyone else. What have we done to deserve this? We pray for God to end the looting. Our prayers were answered: angels came down with their swords drawn. Fighting violence with violence – the whole world is going blind. Men slaughtered – how is this justice? The innocent fall in the crossfire, butchered as victims of extreme actions. Why are we trapped in this hell? People stoically stand and watch while others scream for help. Yet amidst the crowds in chaos, there is a sphere of serenity: a woman stand with a baby, oblivious to the horror surrounding her. Does she ignore the suffering of others, or is she too focused on her own goals to help? Will this hell ever end?