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Sisters of St. Joseph Respond to Senseless Acts of Violence in Our Country
With heavy hearts, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Albany Province, join in prayer for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, victims of the fatal shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota; and the police officers: Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa, killed and injured in the Dallas massacre.
The escalating and horrific violence in our society, fueled by hatred, racism, discrimination, intolerance, extremism and ignorance, are leaving in their wake too many hearts and spirits which are broken by indescribable suffering.
May we turn to the God of mercy and peace, the God who wipes away every tear, to give us the strength to be instruments and forces of change, to be messengers of reconciliation and unity. May we continue to express our commitment to the issue of gun control as well as our outrage at the apparent refusal to further restrict access to deadly weapons. May we find ways to dialogue with one another in order to leave to our children a safer nation and world.
And may God open the hearts of all of us and show us the way to understanding, compassion and peace. Together let us build a world where justice, hope and healing prevail.