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On the Loss of Life in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas

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On the Loss of Life in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas


July 7, 2016

Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the senseless loss of life across our country this week, in Baton Rouge, in Minneapolis and in Dallas. We pray for mercy, for consolation and for healing for those who have lost loved ones, for those who have been killed and wounded, and for those whose hearts have been twisted by hatred.
 
Let us also pray for courage, for each of us, to answer this escalating cycle of violence with more powerful acts of mercy and love. All lives matter, no matter the color of our skin or the profession of faith we make. We are all children of God and all human life is sacred and precious.
 
Please join me in seeking common ground, and in calling upon our civic leaders to work together to find resolution to this escalating violence. Love is stronger than hate, but it requires each of us to act with courage and compassion.
 
Let us recall the words of Pope Francis, “May the God of peace arouse in all an authentic desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence cannot be overcome with violence. Violence is overcome with peace.”
 
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ
Diocese of Oakland