“While He was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothes became dazzling white.” Luke 9:29
Fr. Dennis Cooney, pastor of St. Raphael Church in LeHigh Acres Florida, was my guest on “Vigilant Heart” Radio Maria last night. He was discussing the recent tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
Fr. Cooney says, we have turned away from the Light! The Light of God’s truth, the Light of His love, His goodness, His plan for our lives.
When we turn away, the world becomes dark. We are living in this darkness. The hatred, self-centeredness, the scourge of abortion, pornography and greed. We need to battle these and so many forms of darkness from the evil one. We battle a culture of death.
Archbishop Chaput from Philadelphia was the archbishop of Denver during the Columbine shootings.
He said those experiences “taught me that assault rifles are not a birthright, and the Second Amendment is not a Golden Calf.” He said he supports background checks and “more restrictive access to guns” but said the Columbine experience also taught him to believe that “only a fool” could believe mass violence could be solved by gun control.
Archbishop Chaput also recounted the testimony he delivered to the U.S. Senate 20 years ago following the Columbine shooting, in which he said of those murders: “They’re a wound felt by the entire country — but I don’t think they’ll be the last.”
Archbishop Chaput further wrote: “The people using the guns in these loathsome incidents are moral agents with twisted hearts. And the twisting is done by the culture of sexual anarchy, personal excess, political hatreds, intellectual dishonesty, and perverted freedoms that we’ve systemically created over the past half-century.”
The archbishop said a solution to society’s ills go beyond gun control.
“So I’ll say it again, 20 years later (since Columbine),” he wrote. “Treating the symptoms in a culture of violence doesn’t work. We need to look deeper. Until we’re willing to do that, nothing fundamental will change.”
Let us look deeper, let us turn to the Light of Christ and help transform and transfigure our culture.