A very heavy heart
As I mentioned in last week’s homily, I have been profoundly affected by the revelations concerning the Residential Schools in Canada. The more I have read and delved into the situation, the more my heart has hurt. I feel deep shame around the fact that so much suffering happened at the hands of Catholic priests, nuns and laypeople. Though my words of apology and asking for forgiveness may mean little in the face of such suffering, I offer them nonetheless. I am so sorry for the abuse that so many suffered.
Mindful of our painful and oppressive history of the Native Americans in the United States, further pain, heartbreak, anger, calls for revenge, blame, etc. will continue to tear at our human psyche and our souls.
Though this letter from our bishops of Seattle was issued over two weeks ago, I wish to make it available in our parish bulletin and on our website.
Let us pray for our sisters and brothers who have suffered and continue to bear the scars of such abusive behavior. Let us be humble enough to accept responsibility as a Catholic Church. Let us pray for one another that we may remain faithful to the truth of Jesus Christ who suffered and died for us so that we might be saved from sin and death. Come Lord Jesus and set us free.
In Christ, through the intercession of Blessed Pier Giorgio, I love you and pray for you daily.