VIDEO: Fr. Leo Responds to the Orlando TragediesPosted: June 15, 2016 | Author: Fr. Leo
This past weekend, the world witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, when Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, FL. The impact this has on the lives of the families and friends of those slain, not to mention our entire country, is indescribable. As you can imagine, we are seeing the best and the worst of people in light of such a tragedy, judging by the response on social media and across other public forums. As a Catholic priest, I seek to present a truly Christian perspective on this massacre and offer prayers, condolences, and a reflection for those affected by it most by sharing a video I created for this purpose:
Our world is rife with tragedies everyday, including more in Orlando within days of this shooting, but let us remember that through the Christian virtues of faith, hope, and love, we can triumph over all evil, all loss, and all hatred. For God loves His creation and demonstrated that love by giving us His only Son, Jesus, who made the ultimate sacrifice so that all people may be welcomed into the heavenly banquet. So for the victims, their families, the shooter, and all who are a part of our human family, let us offer the Prayer of Peace, often attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, to strive for a deeper holiness and Christian witness to the love God has for His children.
Let Us Pray:
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.