Violence And Death Will Not Have The Last Say

It was only a few short weeks ago that the nation mourned the horrific violence in Las Vegas and today we are again confronted with the news of another mass shooting, this time at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  Initial reports indicate that more than two dozen worshipers were killed and another two dozen injured.

As we continue to learn more, our first response is and must be to pray for the fallen and their loved ones.  May the God of all mercies, who comforts us in our afflictions, welcome those who have died into the light of his heavenly kingdom, bring healing to the wounded, and console their family and friends with his peace and love.

In recent years, we have offered up so many such prayers – too often – and I have written far too many similar blog posts about the tragedy of lives that have been shattered because of deadly violence in this nation and in the world.  Amidst so much evil and suffering, as those personally touched seek to persevere through the anguish and we struggle to try to make sense of it all, we can only find solace in the Lord.  We know that he loves us and that he will see us through these dark days.

While we may be confronted by death, destruction and suffering yet another time, as Pope Francis has said often, let us not be robbed of our hope.  We must never let ourselves, our vision of life, our understanding of the ultimate goodness of humanity, be overwhelmed by momentary violence, by sporadic hatred and by the encroachment of the power of darkness. We must ask God to give all of us the strength to walk in the light of God’s love.