A reflection by Sr. Clare Walsh, MHSH
“Love ought to manifest itself more by deeds than by words.” –Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
As I grappled before God over the horrific and senseless mass shooting in Orlando, Ignatius’ words echoed within me. From centuries ago, Ignatius joins the anguished voices of today, crying, “Don’t just pray, do something!”
Perhaps prayer is most pleasing to God when our relationship with God leads us to see the face of God in another, to be the face of God to another.
Hate terrorizes. Guns kill. Prayer acts.
The act of prayer takes place when we act for justice. We pray when we sign a petition for gun control, or we vote to ban the sale of assault weapons. We pray when we accept and embrace the differences in our faith, in our expression of love, in our gender, and in our culture.
We pray when we recognize mental illness as a disease and provide proper care and funding. We pray when our hearts are free from judgment.
Our hearts are broken. Our prayer is broken. Something tells me that one won’t be healed without the other.
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