Obama in the Cathedral: 'We Come Together to Celebrate Life'

By Terence P. Jeffrey | April 18, 2013 | 1:03pm EDT

President Barack Obama at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Speaking in Boston’s Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Thursday, President Barack Obama said that Americans choose to save life in the face of those “who would visit death upon innocents” and that “we come together to celebrate life.”

The president was speaking at in interfaith prayer service for those who killed or injured by the bombing at Monday’s Boston Marathon.

“You showed us Boston that in the face of evil, Americans will lift up what is good,” said Obama. “In the face of cruelty, we will choose compassion. In the face of those who would visit death upon innocents we will choose to save to comfort and to heal. We will choose friendship. We will choose love.”

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Obama vowed that the Boston Marathon would go on next year and that Bostonians would come together to parade down Boylston Street when the city’s sports teams won championships.

We raise our children, the president said, so they will come together to build, work, and love. "We come together to celebrate life," he said.

“And that’s what the perpetrators of such senseless violence, these small stunted individuals, who would destroy instead of build and think somehow that makes them important--that is what they don’t understand,” said Obama. “Our faith in each other, our love for each other, our love for country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences there may be, that is our power. That is our strength. That is why a bomb can’t beat us. That is why we don’t hunker down. That is why we do not cower in fear. We carry on. We race. We strive.

“We build and we work and we love and we raise our kids to do the same,” Obama said. “And we come together to celebrate life and to walk our cities and to cheer for our teams. When the Sox and Celtics and Patriots or Bruins are champions again to the chagrin of New York and Chicago fans, the crowds will gather and watch a parade go down Boylston Street. And this time next year on the third Monday in April the world will return to this great American city to run harder than ever and to cheer even louder for the 118th Boston Marathon. Bet on it.”

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