We are deeply saddened by the murder of 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas over the weekend. Our heartfelt prayers go out to all affected. Atrocities like this are impossible to understand and force us to face the fact that life often makes no sense. But our faith does and as a Catholic school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, we embrace the Critical Concern of nonviolence and commit to showing everyone the love we share through faith in Jesus Christ.
During these turbulent and troubling times we must lead with our Catholic and Mercy values. Let us pray together that the God who IS love transforms the hearts of all who use violence as a means of expression or resolving conflict:
Prayer: Let the Shooting End
God, our hearts are broken with pain at the senseless deaths caused by gun violence. Families mourn, children live in fear, and some in our nation respond by arming themselves with more guns with greater capacity to end life. Our disconnection and alienation has caused some to turn to guns for protection and safety. We ask that you touch our hearts with your love, heal our brokenness, and turn us away from violence toward peace. Help us to transform our own hearts and to seek peaceful ways of resolving our differences. Let our hands reach out and connect with those who feel alone, those who live in fear, and those suffering from mental illness. Let our voices be raised asking our legislators to enact gun laws to protect all in our society, especially those most vulnerable. Let our pens write messages demanding change while also scripting words of hope and transformation. We ask this in the name of the God who desires that we live together in peace. Amen
Scott L. McLarty
Head of School