We woke up this morning to news about another tragic shooting in our country. Another senseless act of violence has left so many dead, injured, and grieving. I tried to find the words to write to try and make sense of all the hatred and violence in our world. But the reality is I could not find them. There is nothing we can say or do that will make today ok. As people of faith we pray and draw closer to the Lord. I know that seems like not enough but we know of the power of prayer. So let us pray together…

Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy

O divine master grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to eternal life
Amen

(Prayer of St. Francis)