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For Dallas: “Let us gather at the cross…”

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 07/08/16

From the USCCB:

Let Us Gather at the Cross

A statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of LouisvillePresident, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The assassination of Dallas police officers last night was an act of unjustifiable evil. To all people of good will, let us beg for the strength to resist the hatred that blinds us to our common humanity. To my brothers and sisters in Christ, let us gather at the Cross of Jesus. Our Savior suffered at the hands of humanity’s worst impulses, but He did not lose hope in us or in His heavenly father. Love overcomes evil. The police are not a faceless enemy. They are sons and daughters offering their lives to protect their brothers and sisters. Jesus reminds us, “no one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (JN 15:13). So too, the suspects in crimes or routine traffic stops are not just a faceless threat. They are members of our family in need of assistance, protection and fairness. When compassion does not drive our response to the suffering of either, we have failed one another. The need to place ever greater value on the life and dignity of all persons, regardless of their station in life, calls us to a moment of national reflection. In the days ahead, we will look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity, and addressing the question of pervasive gun violence. Let us pray for the comfort of everyone affected and that our national conversation will bear the good fruit of healing and peace.

Closer to home, I received an email this afternoon notifying me of a prayer vigil scheduled to take place in Brooklyn Monday night:

BROOKLYN’S BISHOP AND BOROUGH PRESIDENT INVITE NYPD OFFICERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO JOIN IN CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

WHO: Community members, NYPD officers, The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
WHAT: Candlelight vigil for the 2 men fatally shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota as well as the 5 Dallas police officers subsequently killed during a protest of the police-involved shootings.
WHEN: Monday July 11, 2016 at 7:30pm
WHERE: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11217
WHY: To mourn the lives lost and pray for healing of police-community relations across the country.

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