I am sure you are all as horrified and alarmed at what happened in Oregon yesterday as I (and at certain knee jerk political reactions) and that you are offering your prayers for the victims and families and perhaps also the perp.
If reports are accurate the murderer targeted for death the Christians who identified themselves.
According to a story at WND, …
The Oregon gunman who lined up his victims and asked specifically which ones were Christians before shooting them execution style had a special interest in “magick” and “spiritualism” and had joined a dating website called “Spiritual Passion.”
On the site, [I won’t post his name – damnatio memoriae], 26, who killed nine people and injured seven at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg before he was shot and killed by police, describes his politics as “Republican” and his interests as “killing zombies,” meditation, the occult and punk-rock music.
He also made clear that he had a disdain for organized religion.
Using the handle “IronCross45,” Mercer describes himself as a “not religious,” man who lives with his parents. He belonged to a group on the site who shared common interests in “magick and the occult.”
So, this guy was into things that could open himself up even to demonic forces. Deviant in the head and perhaps even possessed.
I wonder if he played lots of violent video games.
If this deviant killed those people for hatred of Christianty… when the victims had not denied their Christian identity… perhaps they do indeed at this moment see their Creator, as the killer ominously threatened.
May God have mercy on them all, but there may be that silver lining in the teary cloud.
Some of them may be modern martyrs.
This incident should prompt us all to greater situational awareness on many levels, not the least is the spiritual level.
Pay attention to your surroundings and the people around you. No, really. Don’t blunder along like a zombie glued to your stupid phone. Look around. Be aware. Keep your head on a swivel.
Pay attention to your state of soul and the exigencies of your vocation. If being alert I your material surrounding is important, being honest and observant in regard to your soul is even more important.
Death is short. Eternity isn’t.
I urge you to spend time thinking about the Four Last Things. We don’t know the moment or manner of our going before the Judge.
GO TO CONFESSION!
Get yourselves right with God, self and neighbor.
Don’t be presumptuous when it comes to your salvation or God’s mercy.
Pray. Ask God to save you and your loved ones from a sudden and unprovided death.