Parish Bulletin Article on May 29, 2022
As I write my reflection, my mind and heart and soul ache with sadness at the senseless death of 19 children and 2 teachers, innocently gunned down. I can’t imagine the anguish and sorrow the families must be experiencing. I hold them all in prayer as I know you must be doing as well. This is another blemish on the reality that our country has lost its soul in helping to protect life. We cry out to protect the rights of the unborn. What about the children who have been given life, only now to have it snuffed out by another “child” with a gun! We need stronger and better gun control in our country! This is not my opinion, but a matter of fact as we continue to witness the carnage created by the out-of-control gun violence that is all around us today. No place is safe. I am praying that the Holy Spirit gives our law makers and government leaders, and all of us as concerned citizens, the backbone to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
During the Easter season, we are reminded of the Paschal Mystery – the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Christ died a brutal death, but he rose gloriously. More than that, he did it for all of us. Still, how can this even begin to comfort the devastating and real pain and loss of the parents of these children killed or the families of the teachers?
We know suffering is real. It is close at times in a myriad of different ways.
What we as Christians must remember, even in these most tragic times of pain and loss, is that suffering does not have the final word. Christ has taught us by his own life that joy is real and is the final word.
Despite my sadness this evening as I write this reflection, I am trying to keep a spirit of gratitude for the Paschal Mystery we celebrate once again this Easter. Jesus’ life, suffering, death and resurrection IS OUR HOPE!
MEMORIAL DAY MASS – Memorial Day Mass will be Monday at 8:30 am – Please join us!
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday this weekend. Happy Memorial Day.
With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Fr. Carl Morello – Pastor of St. Giles Parish