Building a Civilization of Love

Michelangelo's La Pieta, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

Michelangelo’s La Pieta, St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome


News from Connecticut today of yet another school shooting has shocked us all. It has stopped people in their tracks and has brought a tear to the eyes of many around the world. We grieve for those killed and join with people of all faiths in praying for them, for the wounded in the attack, and for their family members and friends. Our most powerful tool right now is prayer.

The administrator of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Monsignor Jerald A. Doyle, has issued a statement expressing grief, shock and loss after the shootings. He says that immediately following the call to authorities for help, Monsignor Robert Weiss, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown, and the parish priests were on the scene ministering to children and families. Other priests and chaplains have since joined them in ministering to the families at the school, hospitals and other places. Representatives from Catholic Charities counseling services are also working with families and will continue to do so in the coming days and weeks. The Catholic Charities team will be available to support teachers and students in area Catholic schools next week.

Such senseless acts of violence might induce us to despair, but our faith in the Risen Christ in such times of sorrow offers us the confident hope that death shall not have the last word. The answer to the world’s fear and darkness is to open our hearts to the comforting love of Christ.

Our lives are a gift from God, a grace bestowed on us. Blessed John Paul II encouraged people to confront this “culture of death” by building a civilization of love, by reflecting the love of Christ in our daily lives. Let us glorify God by responding to evil with love.

Psalm 107:6
They cried to the Lord in their troubles and he delivered them from their anguish.