June 18, 2015 - Cardinal's Statement on Tragic Events in Charlestown

Following is the Cardinal's statement following the tragic events in Charleston, SC last night:

"We join all people of faith and good will in prayerful solidarity with the Emanuel AME Church congregation and community of Charleston during this time of loss and heartache.  It is foundational to our country’s heritage that places of worship always be sanctuaries of prayer, safety and peace.   We must reject these senseless acts of hatred and brutality in society.  Commending the victims of this attack to God’s loving mercy, we pray for healing through the words of the Prayer of Saint Francis:  

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; 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; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life."