Like people everywhere, St. Margaret Mary parishioners are deeply grieved by the violence in these past weeks. Our compassion goes out to all the victims of these events. On August 4, Pope Francis spoke in St. Peter’s Square, saying “I am spiritually close to the victims of the episodes of violence that these days have bloodied Texas, California, and Ohio, in the United States, affecting defenseless people.”
We, too, are spiritually close to all those affected by these events. We hold these communities in our prayers and at the same time we commit ourselves to action. Our sentiments are expressed well in the August 4 statement of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops: “God’s mercy and wisdom compel us to move toward preventative action. We encourage all Catholics to increased prayer and sacrifice for healing and the end of these shootings. We encourage Catholics to pray and raise their voices for needed changes to our national policy and national culture as well.”
We join with the Bishops and with loving people throughout the world to ask God for peace and healing for our fractured communities.