Another shooting, this time it’s a school in Parkland Florida. There have been many school shootings, just as there have been movie theater shootings, baseball field shootings, concert shootings, and on and on……
I have always gotten a little upset by those who criticize people who send their ‘thoughts and prayers,’ but in a way they are right. i will NEVER underestimate or downplay the power of prayer, but as St. Teresa of Avila said:
“Christ has no body now but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.
Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes,
you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”
It’s time we take action. We don’t stop searching for a cure for cancer because we haven’t found one yet.
There are things that we can do:
Our families are so torn apart that our children are orphans. Yes, you can be an orphan in a house with two parents.
Our movies and video games are so violent that we become desensitized to the sight of blood or the cry of pain. What are we sacrificing to make that dollar?
Our communication is limited to texts and tweets. What happened to conversation? Who do you listen to and who listens to you, really listens?
Our God is no longer needed or relevant. This ‘I don’t need anyone,’ ‘I have to watch out for myself,’ ‘I’m the only one that matters,’ ‘I hurt so others need to hurt,’ philosophy has made us blind to who we really are and what we were created to do. Our churches are empty, there is blame on both sides for that.
And guns, yes, I said it, guns! Please don’t tell me that guns don’t kill people, because they do! When someone has a weapon that can slaughter many, many people in a matter of seconds, there is something wrong.
We have great freedom, but with great freedom comes great responsibility!
It’s time we look at our culture and make some changes.
When is it going to be enough?