Let Us Put Our Prayer Into Practice: A Letter from Bishop Lee
June 13, 2016
From the Bishop of Chicago
To Members and Friends of the Diocese of Chicago
The unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of the dangerous
society we live in. It reminds us in particular that the experience and
awareness of such danger is experienced by some groups of people more
than others. The threat of hate-fueled violence, even murderous rage is a
daily reality for too many people.
This was an attack on the LGBT community. It has been said by some to
be an attack on our common humanity. From the perspective of my own
Christian faith, I want to suggest that it was an attack on Christ
himself. Every act of violent hatred is an assault on Jesus Christ who
is present in every victim. I do not know how else to understand the
mystery of the cross. Murder is simply blasphemy, an attempt to
obliterate the image of God in which we are all made.
I ask you to continue to pray for all who died in the nightclub in
Orlando. Please pray for their families and friends who mourn. Pray that
outrage and grief will not be turned toward hatred of anyone else. And
let us put our prayer into practice. Let us continue to work for
sensible regulation of the sale of automatic weapons. Let us work for
the dignity of all God’s children, gay, straight, bisexual and
transgender. Let us put our trust in the cross of Christ - death is not
the final word.