At the end of our life, we shall all be judged by charity.- St. John of the Cross
Yes abortion happens everyday and we mourn for all those lost by it and pray for it to end. The world needs to respect all human life with dignity.
Yes there probably is some debate needed about access to guns and care and awareness of mental illness.
Yes we need to figure out how this happened and ways we can learn and reduce this from happening again.
But no, none of that should be our first action. To do otherwise would be missing our first calling as Christians; to love and serve one another.
First let us mourn. Let us pray, listen and be present to one another. Let us take time to process this alone, and with friends & family. It isn’t a time to spin and play politics. Love those around you even better than you did this morning.
And for those working with young people: be present, listen, pray, and direct them to whatever help they need that is beyond you. (See here for more resources on that) That goes for parents too.
I’m not a grief counsellor or an expert of any kind…just a man after God’s heart. And my heart is telling me to be with those in pain, care for them and leave my agendas and causes at the door when I leave in the morning. I can do that as the cause I have is to simply love and bring mercy and healing to the brokenhearted.
May the loving arms of our God wrap around those young ones entering his kingdom this day too early and around their parents and families broken and mourning. Amen.