Monday October 2, 2017
The church will be open until 6:30 p.m. this evening, as a space for prayer and refection.
Yesterday I had the privilege of baptizing four infants into the Catholic community of faith. It was a joyful day for all the families as they celebrated new life and the gift of our community. During the liturgy I prayed for a more peaceful, Holier, and safer world that we could confidently pass on to these little members of the next generation.
As I heard the tragic news of Las Vegas in the early hours of Monday morning, I immediately thought about those babies I baptized. Into what kind of world have they been born?
Along with the people of Old St. Patrick’s Church, I join together with the entire country in mourning the loss of innocent life in Las Vegas (and in Chicago as well from the senseless killings over the weekend). May the Guardian Angels lead them gently into the arms of God.
When will this senseless violence stop? I join the chorus of outraged Americans who demand that something MUST be done about guns in this country. It is an epidemic of evil. We can’t control hurricanes and earthquakes, but we can definitely control the violence human beings inflict upon one another. For the sake of the babies I baptized yesterday and the families who lost loved ones last night in Las Vegas, it must stop now.
Father Tom Hurley
Old St. Patrick’s Church
For Las Vegas, For the USA
Author of life,
Source and Creator,
Grant eternal rest
To the victims of the massacre in Las Vegas,
All those whose lives were cut off by violence,
In a rampage of aggression beyond understanding,
May their souls be a living blessing in our midst.
May they rest in peace.
God of justice and mercy,
Send healing to those wounded in this assault.
Over four hundred people who were struck by brutality.
Remember all the survivors of this attack,
Witnesses of shock, horror and dismay.
Ease their suffering and release their trauma
So that they recover lives of joy and wonder.
Grant them Your shelter and solace,
Blessing and renewal.
Grant them endurance to survive,
Strength to rebuild,
Faith to mourn,
And courage to heal.
How much more blood will be spilled?
When will sanity return?
When will the U.S. confront this scourge of violence?
God of love and shelter,
Remember the families and friends
Of all the dead and the wounded
In Las Vegas and throughout the U.S.
Remember them with comfort and consolation.
Grant them Your protection,
Your wholeness and healing.
Put an end to anger, hatred and fear
And lead us to a time when
No one will suffer at the hand of another,
Speedily, in our day.
Adapted from a prayer by Alden Solovy
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