A Letter from the Archbishop on the Tragedy in Connecticut

Dec 18th, 2012 by Admin | 0

His Grace, William Mar +Thomas, offers his thoughts and prayers regarding the recent tragedies in Connecticut and elsewhere.

15 December 2012

Office of the Primate of the United States

Once again, our world, from China, to Portland, to Newtown has been rocked by news of senseless and brutal violence directed at innocents. In the Xinyang City slashings and the killings in Connecticut, among the victims were those whose suffering and death touches us most closely: children. No words can possibly be adequate to the sorrow, the pain, and the horror that has been inflicted upon so many in so short a time. We are pained not because these outbreaks of violence are rare, but because they are common. They are symptoms of a deep and profound illness that ravages our world. In war, in crime, in neglect; children are victimised over and over in our world, and too often this goes without comment, without mention. Now, we are shaken. Our eyes are drawn to one scene of devastation after another. Let us not allow ourselves to simply turn away again and forget that these are but manifestations of a great evil which we are called on to battle each and every day.

I ask every one of you to join that battle in that way which seems best to you; no step, however small, is wasted in so great a cause.

Please join us in our prayer.

Holy Raphael, whose name means “God Heals,” take our prayers to the Most High. Receive your departed children into your embrace, comfort those who are affected by these terrible crimes, lead those who perpetrate them to repentance and peace, and bless all of those who work to bring healing and understanding to this situation. Empower and strengthen us also to do our share to heal our broken world. We pray in the name of the Logos, AMEN.

We thank all of you for your support of your local communities and churches, their clergy and laity, the Archdiocese of Wisconsin, and the whole of the Apostolic Johannite Church. We remain

your devoted brother before the Sacred Flame:

His Grace, William Mar +Thomas

Archbishop of Wisconsin
Primate for the United States of America

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