For this week's column, I had been drafting a piece on the importance of Churches across the denominations being connected, so when any of them have a project, they would easily be able to share it with one another.
After the events of the past week, it struck me as odd not to make any reference to the unrest that has been occurring in various places. (I hope to write about Church connectivity at another time.)
There has, of course, been no scarcity of condemnation from so many sections of society of this violence.
Yet, despite this, the rioting has continued and, indeed, in some places, particularly parts of west Belfast, it has worsened.
As well as the copious condemnation, there has been a huge amount of finger-pointing; the "blame game" has been thriving, not only among political parties, but also among individuals outside political parties who take very different stances.
In the midst of all this, we seem to have forgotten that we are still living with a global pandemic which continues to claim lives here, though, granted, no longer on the same scale as several months ago. The "stay at home" message has not been lifted.
Watching some of the video footage over the last few nights, it's as if all the appeals made by embattled healthcare workers are no longer being heard.
I want to reflect on the question: how do we break the cycle of violence which occurs at regular intervals?
A few years ago, I read Holy War in Belfast by Andrew Boyd, which detailed some of the riots which took place in Belfast in the late-19th century. There were times, in reading the book, when I had to check if I was reading about 1870, or 1970.
This time 100 years ago, Belfast was going a significant time of violence, sometimes called the "early Troubles", which, at times, claimed even more lives than our more-recent Troubles.
Over the past few weeks, I have had several conversations with a former social worker, who suggests that ours is a deeply traumatised society, with a significant number of our leaders having been impacted by the Troubles and who are now living with trauma.
He also pointed out the inter-generational nature of the trauma. In short, until the trauma is dealt with, treated, healed, or transformed, it will continue to be acted out. It's the theory that "if something is not talked out, it will be acted out".
As the anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement is being recalled in these days, it is now becoming more and more recognised that insufficient efforts have been made to build, or cultivate, the peace.
If the events of the last week or so have shown us anything, it is a clear reminder that our society needs help to move away from violence as a default position.
So, can people of faith do anything, as members of Churches, or as individuals, to break the cycle? Yes, we can!
We can renew, deepen, or begin, relationships across the denominations. Let me give an example.
I am aware of two churches at an interface area: one Catholic, the other from another Christian denomination. They are 483 metres apart.
One is four years older than the other, but in the course of 140 years, they have not had - and still don't have - contact with each other.
I began this column by writing about connecting churches. It won't solve all the problems, but it certainly moves us in the right direction.
Fr Martin Magill is parish priest of St John's, Belfast
Apt Bible readings
Some Scripture suggestions for the week ahead:
Monday: Psalm 66:19
Tuesday: Colossians 1:13
Wednesday: Acts 2:42
Thursday: 2 Kings 20:5
Friday: Jeremiah 17:14