Bishop urges prayer, action in wake of shootings

Grace and Peace to you, dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus.

I was awakened early this morning with the news of the mass shooting in Dayton. I was stunned. Perhaps I should not have been, but it always seems even more chilling the closer it gets to home. All of this as we were all trying to make sense of the shooting in El Paso, Texas, barely 12 hours before. This tragedy in Dayton is one of hundreds of mass shootings in the US in 2019. It now adds to the scores upon scores of mass shootings across decades.

It continues to be unthinkable that going about the ordinary activities of life is dangerous. It is nevertheless sobering. We must find ways to act sensibly, faithfully and hopefully to make mass shootings a thing of the past. These mass shootings understandably draw our attention. But keep in mind they are hardly the long list of all of the violent acts that took place in the same 24 hour period. This includes the attempt to plow an automobile into a crowd...continue reading