Friday, December 14, 2012

A moment of pain and grief

By Bishop Gerald Barnes
Diocese of San Bernardino

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today we have witnessed a terrible tragedy in the shootings that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. This horrific act of violence that claimed the lives of these little ones, so precious to God, is almost beyond comprehension. I ask all to join me in prayer for the victims, their families and the school community. May God’s mercy and compassion be with them during this terrible moment of pain and grief. May the souls of those who perished rest in the loving arms of God. And may we all continue to cherish and protect the children that bless us in our homes, schools and communities. In this season when we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, let us confront the violence in our midst by carrying His peace within us.