Thoughts & Prayers for Orlando Victims

Our thoughts, our hearts, and our prayers go out to the victims of the horrific mass shooting that occurred this weekend in Orlando; and to their families and friends; and to our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers. This is a terrible day in the annals of American history.

Many people have been, and will continue to be, affected by the violence perpetrated by the gunman in this terrible tragedy. We are thankful for those law enforcement officers and other first responders who intervened, and whose efforts without question saved additional lives. We must also be concerned about the impact of this incident upon our Muslim brothers and sisters, who join together with their fellow citizens in denouncing such acts of senseless violence.

Together with Pope Francis and the leaders of our nation and our world, we stand with the victims and their loved ones, and join in solidarity with millions who are committed to being instruments of God’s peace in the world, sowing love in the face of hatred; forgiveness where there is injury; and bringing hope to those who despair of it. Let us keep all those who are the victims of injustice, and of terror, in our prayers.

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” - Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

Thayne M. McCulloh, President
Gonzaga University
June 13, 2016