Speaking Out

Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end.  God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.” – CCC 2258.

When God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, the fifth commandment was, “You shall not kill” (Exodus 20:13).
Sunday June 12th, a tragic shooting occurred in Orlando, Florida with over 50 people dead and another 53 people injured.  This makes it the worst mass shooting in US history.  A man walked into a gay club which held over 300 people and successfully killed over 50 of them.  Those that are in critical condition may not make it.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that only God is responsible for human life.  He created it, He has the say-so, not us.

This post isn’t going to be about politicizing what happened.  This article is about praying and loving.

Now, as Christians, we should be praying for our brothers and sisters regardless of what walk of life they come from.  We should all know that Jesus shed his blood for us.  Jesus died so that we may have salvation and go meet him in Heaven at the end of our lives.  Jesus loved everyone and so should you.  Regardless of your opinion about same-sex marriage or the gay lifestyle, if you have to think twice about praying for anyone, you’re doing it wrong.  Prayer isn’t limited to certain people.  If that were the case, then no one would get prayed for!

My point is that many people died.  People that Jesus loves.  People that you should love.  People you should be praying for.  Don’t think for a moment that just because you are praying for them means that you support their lifestyle.  You should be praying that their souls will go to God.

“Prayer and Christian life are inseparable, for they concern the same love and the same renunciation, proceeding from love; the same filial and loving conformity with the Father’s plan of love; the same transforming union in the Holy Spirit who conforms us more and more to Christ Jesus; the same love for all men, the love with which Jesus has loved us. ‘Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he [will] give it to you.  This I command you, to love one another.'” – CCC 2745. John 15:16-17.

Jesus added another commandment and that was to love one another.  Jesus tells us to love our enemies and to pray for them! (Matthew 5:43-48).  Jesus told us to pray for everyone.  As stated above, Christian life and prayer are inseparable.

When you see mass shootings like this on the news, pray.  That is the first thing you should do.  Act as if these were members of your biological family being killed.  They are your brothers and sisters, after all.  If we are truly the Mystical Body of Christ, we need to be Christ’s hands by reaching out to those poor families that lost their loved ones and to stop making a mockery out of the ones that have passed away.

If you’re truly a Christian, then act like it.

As a reminder: 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13.

My prayers go out to all the families that lost their loved ones that night.  God bless you all.

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