This morning, we once again awoke to news of tragedy and senseless bloodshed in Dallas; earlier this week, in Louisiana and Minnesota. As we all continue to grieve this violence and tension in our country, the merciful love of Christ calls us to solidarity with the suffering and to ever greater resolve in protecting the life and dignity of every person. Please know the Saint Anselm community stands in prayerful solidarity with all alumni, parents, and friends.
These events bring to mind the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding a deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only love can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
If you would like to share a special intention, I invite you to submit a Grotto Prayer Request. Please be assured of our continued prayers for all those affected in the days and weeks ahead.
Prayer for our country:
Almighty and merciful God, you never depart from us even in the worst of times; be with us in our sadness. We pray for those who have died or been injured by the recent violence in our country. For those in law enforcement who serve and protect our communities, and those taken in this tragedy. We hold in our hearts the families forever changed by grief and loss. Bring them consolation and comfort. Surround them with our prayers for strength. May they have the courage to face the days ahead and find peace in your presence.
God of understanding, we are overwhelmed by the magnitude of this violence, we seek your light and guidance as we confront such terrible events. Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign.
Help us to respond with generosity in prayer, in assistance, and in comfort to the best of our abilities. Keep our hearts focused on the needs of all the community. Reconcile all peoples who are divided and send your Holy Spirit to make all one in the peace and the justice that you alone are capable of giving us. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord.