Transcript: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s remarks at the interfaith service for Boston Marathon bombing victims at Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Transcript of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s remarks on the Boston Marathon bombings at an interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on April 18, 2013:

In my faith traditions, scripture teaches “In everything give thanks.”

That isn’t always easy to do.

On Monday afternoon, I was not feeling it. What I felt – what so many of us felt then was shock and confusion and anger.

But the nature of faith, I think, is learning to return to the lessons even when they don’t make sense, when they defy logic.

And as I return to those lessons this week, I’ve found a few things to be thankful for.

I’m thankful for the firefighters and police officers and EMTs who ran toward the blasts, not knowing whether the attack was over, and the volunteers and other civilians who ran to help to help right alongside them.

I’m thankful for the medical professionals – from the doctors to the trauma nurses to the housekeeping staff to the surgeon who finished the marathon and kept on running to his operating room – all of whom performed at their very best.

I’m thankful for the agents from the FBI and the ATF, for the officers from the State Police and Boston PD, for the soldiers from the National Guard and all other law enforcement personnel who both restored order and started the methodical work of piecing together what happened and who’s responsible.

I’m thankful for Mayor [Tom] Menino, who started Monday morning –


Mayor Menino started Monday morning frustrated he couldn’t be at the finish line this time as he always is and then late that afternoon checked himself out of the hospital to help this city – our city – face down this tragedy.

I’m thankful for those who have given blood to the hospitals, money to the One Fund, and prayers and messages of consolation and encouragement from all over the world.

I’m thankful for the presence and steadfast support of the President and the First Lady, our many former Governors who are here –


I thank you.

I’m thankful for the other civic and political leaders who are here today and for the many, many faith leaders who have ministered to us today and in the days since Monday.

I’m thankful for the lives of Krystle [Campbell] and Lingzi [Lu] and little Martin [Richard] and for the lives of the families who survive them and for the lives of all the people hurt but who still woke up today with the hope of tomorrow.

And I am thankful, maybe most especially, for the countless number of people in this proud city and this storied commonwealth, who in the aftermath of such senseless violence let their first instinct be kindness.

In a dark hour, so many of you showed so many of us that darkness cannot drive out darkness, as Dr. [Martin Luther] King said, only light can do that.

How very strange that the cowardice unleashed on us should come on Marathon Day – on Patriot’s Day – a day that marks both the unofficial end of our long winter hibernation and the first battle of the American Revolution.

And just as we are taught at times like this not to lose touch with our spiritual faith, let us also not lose touch with our civic faith.

Massachusetts invented America, and America –


America is not organized the way countries are usually organized. We’re not organized around a common language or religion or even culture; we’re organized around a handful of civic ideals and we have defined those ideals over time and through struggle as equality, opportunity, freedom, and fair play.

An attack on our civic ritual like the marathon especially on Patriot Day is an attack on those values.

And just as we cannot permit darkness and hate to triumph over our spiritual faith, so we must not permit darkness and hate to triumph over our civic faith. That cannot happen!


And it will not!


And so we will recover and repair. We will grieve our losses and heal. We will rise and we will endure. We will have accountability without vengeance, vigilance without fear. And we will remember – I hope and pray – long after the buzz of Boylston Street is back and the media has turned its attention elsewhere that the grace this tragedy exposed is the best of who we are.


Fellow citizens, I am honored and humbled to welcome our friend, our leader, our Commander-in-Chief – the President of the United States.



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