Washington Archbishop Calls for Prayer after VA Tech Tragedy; Reminds Us Not to Let Violence Become Overwhelming

April 17, 2007

Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl is calling for prayer in response to the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and reminds parishioners of the need to not let the violence become overwhelming:

“In this time of tragedy on the Virginia Tech campus, we hold the young people, their parents, families and friends in our hearts and in our prayers. We are with them spiritually in this time of enormous pain and suffering.

“In the face of such evil, we must not let the violence overwhelm us. We need to renew our faith in God’s presence and turn to him for the grace to get through this tragedy. God’s love always is with us, even when we cannot understand how something this horrible could happen.

“The power of human choice, which is a great gift from God, is the source of great good, but also the source of enormous violence and evil in our world. Our faith calls us to have a profound respect for human life, to recognize our responsibility for each other and to use our free will in a loving, caring manner. By doing this, hearts will change in a way that will change the world.”

Masses and prayer services to be offered for the victims of the tragedy include:

Sunday April 22, 5:30 p.m. Mass
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Audio mult available

Sunday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. Mass
University of Maryland Catholic Student Center Chapel
4141 Guilford Drive
College Park, Maryland 20740

Sunday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service
St. Pius X
14720 Annapolis Road
Bowie, Maryland 20715

Saturday, April 28, 12:10 p.m. Mass
St. Patrick in the City
619 10th Street NW (between F & G Streets)
Washington, DC 20001

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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