Archbishop Hartmayer offers statement in wake of Texas school shooting

ATLANTA—Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., offers the following words to the faithful in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24:

“Last week, I offered a statement of grief and support to those impacted by shootings in Buffalo, New York and Laguna Woods, California. I am not sure I even have words today. The epidemic of violence and hate in this country is unfathomable. I do not think we can make sense of another mass shooting, and yet, we face a scene of slaughter at an elementary school in Texas.

Many of you are asking ‘my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

I am praying today for the dead; for the grieving; for the lonely and angry and lost.

If I find any comfort right now, it is in knowing we can trust our God who loves us. A God who wants the best for us. A God who told us, ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ If you want to do something, show your love for someone today. Chose to offer light in a dark time. Love one another as God has loved you.”

The Georgia Bulletin