We, the Sisters of the Precious Blood, stand with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in their response to the November 19 mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As we are committed to being a life-giving, reconciling, Eucharistic presence of Christ in our fractured world, we are called to stand with those oppressed especially when they become the targets of violence. We believe that we all are created in God’s image. All identities are opportunities to live more fully the person God created us to be and the life God has called us to live. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community as we stand in solidarity with other people — Black, Indigenous, Latino or Asian American — who are victims of violence because of their identities.
We pray for all victims and families of other mass shootings which have occurred in November in Oklahoma, Virginia, Florida and Maryland — and we pray for all those affected by individual shootings and other forms of violence that occur every day, all over the country. We must urge our lawmakers to refrain from making public statements that encourage division, hatred, or violence of any kind toward LGBTQ+ persons and other marginalized groups and to pass laws that will reduce violence, beginning with banning assault weapons and providing stricter background checks. We must speak out against hatred in all forms, from physical violence to cruel words to compassionless attitudes. We must begin with love and peace in our own hearts.
Find the LCWR Statement here: https://lcwr.org/news/lcwr-grieves-the-shooting-in-colorado-springs