Friday, July 8, 2016

Prayers and Support for Dallas Police Officers Killed and Wounded

12 police officers were shot and five were killed in an attack by snipers in downtown Dallas at a peaceful protest of officer-involved shootings across the country on Thursday night.

Two civilians were also shot during the attack.
Our hearts are broken right now. Nothing I can say adequately conveys the mixture of feelings that come from seeing flags at half mast at police substations. We're headed there later today to take flowers as a sign of our support and grief.
"We're hurting ..."

"We don't feel much support most days," [Police Chief] Brown said. "Let's not make today most days. Please, we need your support to protect you from men like these, who carried out this tragic, tragic event."
As always, what we can do, wherever we are, is to pray.

The City of Dallas is having an interfaith prayer vigil at noon today at Thanksgiving Square. They are encouraging us to join them in prayer in our churches or wherever we are. My parish, St. Thomas Aquinas, is having a noon service if you happen to be nearby.

In the meantime, we don't have to wait until noon to pray for those who were attacked and for their families.

And most especially for the souls of those who were killed.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.

And, while we are at it, we must remember to pray for those who committed these crimes. Clearly they need prayers.

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