All of us at Oblate JPIC (and the rest of the Oblate community) join the people of Orlando in praying for the shooting victims, their families and friends affected by this senseless act of violence.
Bishop John Noonan of Catholic Diocese of Orlando, FL released the following statement this past Sunday morning. “A sword has pierced the heart of our city. Since learning of the tragedy this morning, I have urged all to pray for the victims, the families and first responders. I pray that the Lord’s mercy will be upon us during this time of sadness, shock and confusion. I urge people of faith to turn their hearts and souls to the great physician, our Lord Jesus Christ, who consoles and carries us through suffering with mercy and tenderness. The healing power of Jesus goes beyond our physical wounds but touches every level of our humanity: physical, emotional, social, spiritual. Jesus calls us to remain fervent in our protection of life and human dignity and to pray unceasingly for peace in our world.”