Statement from Bishop Michael L. Vono of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande on the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Albuquerque, NM – December 14, 2012.
I speak with a heavy heart as the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande prays for the families, children, teachers and community affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. While no one can adequately express words of sympathy nor explain these horrific actions, we strive to journey with this community and offer our hearts and prayers.
One cannot escape the pain. We feel this tragedy in our hearts and bodies since we are all bound by mutual humanity, mutual pain, mutual tears. As a community, we offer prayers of consolation, prayers of peace, and pray that all those affected are surrounded by the consoling presence of a gentle and peaceful God.
In the Christian faith, we have a knowing that children hold a special place in the arms of the Lord. That is of comfort as we walk with the nation over these next few days.
It is also imperative, that we strive to transform our communities from violence to peace. Where no individual nor family will awake worrying if a parent, child, friend or relative is safe. A world where love is boundless and violence is a thing of a long distance past.
We pray as one family “The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces. (Isaiah 25:8)”
Contact: The Reverend Daniel Gutierrez
Canon to the Ordinary, Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande
505-881-0636 or 505-263-8285