To all the faithful throughout Eastern Michigan,
In this season of hopeful anticipation of the birth of the Prince of Peace, when our hearts turn to family and loved ones, and we are inundated with liturgically-early reminders that “all is calm . . . all is bright,” our own sense of peace is shattered by the tragedy today in Newtown, CT. Please join with me in prayer for those whose lives have been ended by senseless violence and those whose world has been irreparably shattered.
Most Holy God, giver of all that is good and protector of those who are defenseless, we turn to you in hope. Be present with those who grieve the loss of their loved one, those who fearlessly guarded the lives of the innocent who were spared, and those whose confidence has been shaken. We commend to your never-failing care those children, teachers and staff whose lives have been so senselessly lost and to your wise judgment the young man who committed such a violent act of hopelessness. All this we ask in the name of Mary’s Son, Jesus. Amen.
Let us continue to be people of hope and prayer, but also let us be people whose prayer leads us to act with baptismal conviction, turning from tragedy toward active striving for justice and peace.