Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Signs of Hope

This is just beautiful. It is from the family of Charles Carl Roberts, IV, who shot 10 girls in an Amish schoolhouse before killing himself on 2 October. I was alerted to this by Fr. Erik Reichstag, the other blogging cleric of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, on his blog, Orthometer. If our new bishop is a blogger, along with you the readers, Fr. Erik and I, we can have our own virtual diocese. Anyway back to this sobering, but hopeful post; Fr. Reichstag, in turn, read it on The Dawn Patrol. It is worth the widest possible dissemination.

Published: Oct 13, 2006 2:22 PM EST

The text of the release is as follows:

"From the Roberts family:

To our Amish friends, neighbors, and local community:

"Our family wants each of you to know that we are overwhelmed by the forgiveness, grace, and mercy that you’ve extended to us. Your love for our family has helped to provide the healing we so desperately need. The prayers, flowers, cards, and gifts you’ve given have touched our hearts in a way no words can describe. Your compassion has reached beyond our family, beyond our community, and is changing our world, and for this we sincerely thank you.

"Please know that our hearts have been broken by all that has happened. We are filled with sorrow for all of our Amish neighbors whom we have loved and continue to love. We know that there are many hard days ahead for all the families who lost loved ones, and so we will continue to put our hope and trust in God of all comfort, as we all seek to rebuild our lives."

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