Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Denver Bishops Pray for the Aurora Victims and Shooter

From the Denver Archdiocese Website:

"Last night at the Century Movie Theater in Aurora, a gunman walked into a full theater and opened fire on scores of moviegoers.  In the largest mass shooting in America in more than five years, 12 people were killed and about 50 were wounded by gunfire.  We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy. Our hearts and prayers go out to those impacted by this evil act.

In the chaos of the moment, people poured from the movie theater into the darkness of the night—the darkness of confusion, of ambiguity, of despair.  We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters cast into that darkness.  They do not stand alone.   As Catholic bishops, we “weep with those who weep.”

But in Aurora, which means “the dawn,” the sun rose this morning.  In a city whose name evokes the light, people of hope know that the darkness may be overcome.

For those who were killed, our hope is the tender mercy of our God.  “Neither death nor life,” reflected St. Paul, “can separate us from the love of God.”  We commend their souls, and their families and friends, to God’s enduring love.

For those who were wounded—physically, emotionally and spiritually—our hope is in their recovery and renewal.  To them we offer our prayers, our ears to listen, and our hearts to love.  The road to recovery may be long, but in hope we are granted the gift of new life.

We hope also for the perpetrator of this terrible crime, and we pray for his conversion.  Evil ruled his heart last night.  Only Jesus Christ can overcome the darkness of such evil. 

We hope that all of us may find the peace which surpasses understanding.

The Archdiocese of Denver stands ready to assist the victims of this tragedy, and our community.  Regina Caeli Counseling Services of Catholic Charities will offer counseling over the next few weeks to those who need it.  We look for opportunities to pray with our community.  And we continue to work to support families and communities in forming people of peace."

+Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila
Archbishop of Denver

+Most Reverend James D. Conley
Auxiliary Bishop of Denver

The archdiocese has six parishes in the Aurora deanery, four of them in relative proximity to the theater. As of 11 a.m. Friday, two of the parishes have reported that parishioners were affected by the tragedy. In each case, they were counseled by a priest.


Anonymous susie said...

They are not people without a Shepherd. What a dear and good Shepherd they have, and may all faith communities unite and find the peace of God amidst this tragedy, and that this horrific event may be washed in the light of His mercy and grace. Peace to all who've left loved ones, and to all those grieving, may they find God's mercy and draw ever closer to Him. Amen.

July 22, 2012 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Deacon Dale said...

It is a sad commentary on life when an individual becomes so frustrated with their own life that support systems at church and in the community fail to provide the support needed to avoid events such as these. Everyone involved is a victim - of society.

July 23, 2012 1:04 AM  

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