Tuesday, July 24, 2012

We pray, and remember

Yet again, the eyes of the world have turned with shock to the suburbs of Denver, Colorado,  and another unspeakable loss of life. Thirteen years after two high-school students in the same metro area murdered 11 of their classmates and wounded over 20 others before killing themselves, a lone gunman's overnight rampage at an Aurora movie theater claimed 12 lives among 71 people shot during a midnight showing of the new Batman film, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’
12 crosses, symbolizing the 12 lives lost in Aurora, Colorado
Let us pray for and remember the 12 victims who lost their lives:
Alex Sullivan, 27
Micayla Medek, 23
Jessica Ghawi, 24
Navy Petty Officer John Larimer, 27
Rebecca Wingo, 32
Matthew McQuinn, 27
Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6
Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, 29
Alexander Boik, 17
Alexander Teves, 24
Jonathan Blunk, 26
Gordon Cowdon, 51

Just 2 days earlier, Denver installed its new Archbishop, Samuel Aquila. He released the following statement:
“ We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy. Our hearts and prayers go out to those impacted by this evil act. In the chaos of the moment, people poured from the movie theater into the darkness of the night—the darkness of confusion, of ambiguity, of despair. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters cast into that darkness. They do not stand alone. As Catholic bishops, we “weep with those who weep. But in Aurora, which means “the dawn,” the sun rose this morning. In a city whose name evokes the light, people of hope know that the darkness may be overcome. For those who were killed, our hope is the tender mercy of our God. “Neither death nor life,” reflected St. Paul, “can separate us from the love of God.” We commend their souls, and their families and friends, to God’s enduring love.  For those who were wounded - physically, emotionally and spiritually, our hope is in their recovery and renewal. To them we offer our prayers, our ears to listen, and our hearts to love. The road to recovery may be long, but in hope we are granted the gift of new life.  We hope also for the perpetrator of this terrible crime, and we pray for his conversion. Evil ruled his heart that night. Only Jesus Christ can overcome the darkness of such evil. We hope that all of us may find the peace which surpasses understanding.”

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