Violence is not new to the world. In Catherine Siena's day she faced violence of oppression in both Church and Society. It was no less real then than the violence that we face today. After centuries of violence we still struggle to find peace in a world that was created in love. How did we become so violent? Who are our victims today and how can they be saved? Where is God in all of this, we often wonder. The insights of Rene Girard help us to reflect on our tragic history and to seek a response.