“Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do”.
“To err is human, to forgive divine”.
“To understand all is to forgive all”.
All the wicked thoughts, words and deeds committed in the universe, are the result of our blindness and stupidity, the fruits of original sin, pride. If we possessed the eyes of God, we would see things and people as they really are. If we possessed the mind of God, our reactions to them would be right, and merciful. When we do possess such vision and loving kindness, we possess, or rather are possessed by the ‘Light of the World’, Love.
As an analogy, children are naughty because of their limited ‘vision’ and understanding of how the world works. A good father does not take a machine gun to them, to end their naughtiness! No, first, he arrests or stops the bad action, then tries to teach them the error of their ways. The child is sorry, says sorry, and is forgiven. They do some reparative act, and are hugged/consoled. In this way, they grow up, and become more like their father.
Only the child who denies the rightful authority of their father to correct and teach them, i.e. fails to respect them, is destined to grow up to be unlike him, to be unworthy to inherit his riches. Such a child causes their good father great heartache and woe, but never his hatred.
We must be bonded to our parents from the moment of our birth, and know that they love us, even when we are bad. ‘Abba’, the word used by Jesus about His Father, is more closely translated as ‘Daddy’. He taught us to call Him, OUR Father. He also gave us His Mother to be our mother. Mother is close to the child, provides succour and advocacy. She helps the child to love, honour and obey Father.
O merciful Father, I pray with Mary, that in the hour of his death, You granted Osama bin Laden Your merciful vision, and showed him Your merciful mind, and that he received the Grace to repent of his sins. Amen.
PS: And yes Toad, even ObL deserves a plenary indulgence. Everybody does, and if they are unable to earn one for themselves, they can be earned by the generosity of others.