In this file photo from Oct. 5, 2011, Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh answers questions after a news conference in Pittsburgh. Zubik responded on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, to a federal appeals court decision that reversed lower court victories that challenged birth control coverage mandates as part of federal health care reforms. Zubik said that the church is no longer free to practice what it preaches. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, FILE)

In this file photo from Oct. 5, 2011, Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh answers questions after a news conference in Pittsburgh.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, FILE)


The events of these days have riveted our attention. Hatred, violence and anger are contagious. Our love and respect for one another must be more contagious.

Every person is an individual. We must not judge any person based on their race or color, their national origin, their faith tradition, their politics, their sexual orientation, their job, their vocation, their uniform.

If someone does something violent, it is imperative for us to reach out to each other in kindness and with respect and refrain from blanket condemnations. We must build bridges. We must tear down walls. We must break the cycle of violence.

As Pope Francis tweeted some time ago: “The secret of Christian living is love. Only love fills the empty spaces caused by evil.”

There can be no competition for whose life matters most. Every life is precious in the eyes of God. So must it be so for us.

 

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