Posted April 17th, 2007 | Events, Food for the Soul

In the wake of the tragic Virginia Tech shootings, I would like to offer prayers for all of those who were killed, their families, those who were hurt, and for every member of that community who are now feeling confused and lost.

As the facts continue to be collected by the proper authorities, I also pray they will be given guidance and resolve to make sure that such tragedies can be prevented in the future.

These are difficult days, and moments like this are difficult to comprehend. The signs of the times are showing that change (conversion) is necessary for every human person in our world. Evil is real. We need to protect ourselves from it and confront it so that it does not “take control” over the hearts and minds of people. One aspect of evil is to force people into fear. In this recent tragedy, I can understand people feeling afraid. Again, that’s what evil wants us to experience.

Therefore, our only “weapon” against this fear and evil is faithful prayer. May I consider asking each family to add a special prayer at the time of their Grace Before Meals? Can each family pray for the faithful departed? Perhaps we can also pray for Mercy for the World, especially as we continue to celebrate the Graces of Divine Mercy Sunday (April 15). Here is a simple prayer to include at the end of the prayer:

“May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace.”


“For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, Have Mercy on us and on the whole world.”

Once again, prayer is our only defense in the face of such tragedy, as prayer will motivate us to show compassion to all of those (especially at VA Tech) who are suffering.


Fr. Leo

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