Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto issues statement on mass shootings in Gilroy, CA, El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH

(SACRAMENTO)— Calling the incidents “sickening” and “heartbreaking,” Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto today issued the following statement concerning the senseless mass shootings in Gilroy, CA,  El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH:

“The recent senseless assaults against the communities of Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton Ohio have extended a sorrowful litany of hateful violence.  St. Paul reminds us not to grow weary of doing good.  ‘Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.’ (Gal. 6.9) We cannot let these demented deeds poison our spirits or cripple our resolve to build strong communities rooted in the wisdom and mercy of Jesus.

“The rapid succession of these incidents is sickening and heartbreaking.  Let us not grow indifferent or resigned.  The violent impact of these shootings should not make us question our own power to make a difference for our families, neighbors and friends.  As disciples of the Lord Jesus, we also draw power from prayer.  We pray for the communities who have been afflicted by these horrors.  May the deceased find eternal rest.  May the families find consolation.  May the police and all first-responders be given the grace they need.

“May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy comfort us with her powerful intercession and maternal affection.”