Prayers for those hurt and killed in Aurora, Colorado

I have been disconnected for most of the day.  No news, very little social media, a couple phone calls.  I posted a few things here, but without surfing around.  I’ve been busy with other things.

Then, in the afternoon, I took time off from my to do list and went to a movie.

I am just now getting up to speed about the terrible massacre in Aurora, Colorado.

Let us all pray for the victims and for their families and for the perpetrator himself.

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  1. AnnAsher says:

    I have prayed for the victims and otherwise refused to speak of this all day. In order not to give lil d any attention. Sometimes I think it may be best not to get the news.

  2. EXCHIEF says:

    And please pray for the over 200 public safety personnel who responded. I have listened to the radio traffic (police, fire, EMS) from this horrific incident. The public safety personnel did an outstanding job but what they saw and will have to deal with for a long, long time will take a very heavy toll on them. Been there, done that and I guarantee you they also need our prayers.

  3. Suburbanbanshee says:

    It’s a terrible thing, to blame mental illness on a movie. It’s pretty clear that some forms of mental illness will draw violent and deadly inspiration from kittens and puppies, so it’s unfair to blame movies for this.

    But as for the specific allegation — films by Nolan that I’ve seen have rejected prettified violence and explicit violence in favor of either showing really nasty fights as inelegant, or of not showing the worst moments on screen. Possibly the power of the technique is such that people haven’t noticed this.

  4. Suburbanbanshee says:

    That said, it’s amazing that the massacre wasn’t worse. A lot of guardian angels, and maybe a lot of people making effective use of speed and cover….

  5. poohbear says:

    In addition to prayers, please think about donating blood in their memory.

    And if the thought of donating blood scares you, you can always pray through the entire donation!

  6. FrJLP says:

    We offered a Requiem Mass this morning for the victims, and unite ourselves in solidarity with the survivors. We’ll be meeting with our youth tomorrow night to process and discuss. I think Archbishop Aquila’s statement about the tragedy was beautiful, and I hope Catholic Charities there is able to help the community cope and recover.

  7. StJude says:

    This is so sad… I pray for the souls lost and for the families and friends left behind.
    Lord hear our prayers.

  8. ByzCath08 says:

    @ExChief….Been there done that as well. My agency had the lead in the Gabrielle Giffords shooting in Arizona. After being on scene for several hours, I had a few minutes to myself and finally got a good look at the aftermath of the attack. I came home that night at 2am, went and laid down with my 5 y/o son and cried myself to sleep.

    God bless everyone involved or impacted by this horrible act.

  9. EXCHIEF says:

    I completely understand as you do what impact these incidents have on responders—precisely why I encouraged prayers for them as well. Be safe out there.

  10. irishgirl says:

    I was so shocked by this latest episode of gun violence-but not surprised, unfortunately.
    I heard that there were LITTLE CHILDREN, even a baby, among the victims! What the heck were their parents thinking, going out to a midnight showing of a movie! Those kids should have been at home in bed, not at some violent movie!
    My God-doesn’t anyone these days have any brains or common sense?
    I know there were acts of bravery and heroism on the part of many of the theater patrons-I’m certainly not denying it. And the rescue services did a top-notch job and got this nutcase alive and in custody (better keep him in solitary confinement-his fellow jailbirds won’t take too kindly to someone who has harmed kids).
    I’m just sayin’…..

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