27 December 2012
The Priests of Newtown
Pray, dear readers, for the souls of all who died in the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and for the consolation and strength of their bereaved loved ones--family, friends, classmates, workmates.
Pray God's mercy upon the assailant.
Pray, too, for the priests pictured above, Fr. Luke Suarez (L) and Msgr. Robert Weiss (R). They are, respectively, the Assistant Pastor and Pastor of Saint Rose of Lima in Newtown.
I cannot begin to imagine what they are going through, what inner resources they must be summoning in order to serve their community. As a brother priest I join them in what they and I happen to do each day: offer Our Lord and Savior Jesus to the Father in the Holy Spirit--celebrate the Mass.
This website presents a plea from the sister of Fr. Suarez to send letters of prayerful solidarity to her brother and Msgr. Weiss, which I intend to do. Even though the plea is over a week old, we all know how comforting it is to be remembered after a week, a month, or a year has passed.
Father Luke Suarez / Msgr. Robert Weiss
Saint Rose of Lima Parish
46 Church Hill Road
Newtown, CT 06470
May the Lord, who alone can bring forth good from unspeakable evil, move the hearts of all to seek Him where He may be found.
Whatever level of fidelity to the Faith persons may exhibit, may this priest or any priest never fail to attend to them in their need. May ego never impede our service.
Today's feast of Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist reminded me of this verse from the Prologue of his Gospel:
"The light shines in the darkness,
but the darkness has not overcome it." (Jn 1:5)