So soon again we mourn the deaths of three more police officers ambushed in Baton Rouge. We share the grief of the families of the slain officers and their comrades who were wounded and offer prayers and condolences.
Our hearts are heavy with sadness at the Baton Rouge tragedy and the events of the past weeks that have shocked the world. There can be no justification for the wanton killing of innocent men, women and children.
We cannot allow the forces of darkness to overwhelm us. We must turn to God to pray for those who have lost their lives and for their families. We must ask him to lead us to productive dialogue that truly fosters understanding, mercy and forgiveness. We must find the love of Christ in our hearts and do all that we can to bring about the peace and unity that can stop the current cycle of abhorrent violence. As our Holy Father Pope Francis advises:
Look upon your brother’s sorrow – I think of the children: look upon these… look at the sorrow of your brother, stay your hand and do not add to it, rebuild the harmony that has been shattered; and all this achieved not by conflict but by encounter!
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