Our country has suffered another horrific school shooting that has claimed many lives and injured many others. Once again, all people of goodwill are heartbroken over this latest incident of hatred and senseless violence. This act, directed at staff and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida, reminds all of us of the precious nature of human life. As people of faith, we once again condemn the evil of violence and pray for the gift of peace.
As the Christian community around the world marks the start of the reflective season of Lent, I ask everyone in Northeast Ohio to join together with me in prayer for the victims of this tragedy and for their families, for the public safety personnel and other first responders and for South Florida communities stunned by this unthinkable incident. May our witness of prayer and solidarity bring some sense of solace to their lives and may the God of all love and compassion provide consolation and healing in the wake of this atrocity.