The news to which we awoke this morning was beyond horrific; the largest deadly shooting event in this country’s history. The scene was a country music festival in Las Vegas; an event in which attendees were anticipating a fun-filled night with friends and frivolity. That this gathering became a massacre defies description. The numbers are hard to fathom; at this time the reports are that there are almost 60 dead and over 500 injured. As we began today, a month in Respect for Life, we commit ourselves to every day pray for these faithful departed. Every life has worth, and we respect the dignity of every human person without exclusion. We want to be as close as possible to the hearts of those that are suffering. On this, the feast of the Guardian Angels, we pray fervently for these victims, their families, the survivors who witnessed this scarring scene, and the first responders, who through their expedient actions saved countless lives. May Mary our Mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for all of us.
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