The news of the tragic loss of life and evil perpetrated in the night club in Orlando is heartbreaking for all people. Again, we are reminded that hatred, bigotry and misguided causes, aided by the easy access to firearms, is a lethal combination.
We must endeavor to address the rhetoric that fuels hate, creates fear of other people and divides God’s people.
Our hearts go out to the families of all those whose lives were taken and all the injured. We give thanks for the first responders and the scores of medical personnel who have endeavored to treat the wounded.
Lord Jesus, comfort your people, transform our pain and sadness by your promise of eternal life. Help us to remember who we are and what we are as your people. Free us from darkness that surrounds us in this day, and aid us in the days to come.
Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano