Sunday, June 12, 2016

Mass Murder in Orlando

I'd be writing a longer, more detailed, post about this; but still haven't resolved some technical issues. (May 6, 2016; updated May 16, 2016)

A young man killed more than four dozen folks at an entertainment venue last night/early this morning. He took some of the survivors hostage, and is now dead, too.

I've run into several assumptions about what happened: and a few facts.

What seems certain is that 50 people are dead, and 53 injured. The killer may or may not be included in the 50 fatalities.


In my considered opinion, murder is a bad idea and we shouldn't do it. Not even if we're upset about something the victim is doing. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2268-2269, 2302)

The killer's and victims' identity may, quite likely will, inspire various knee-jerk reactions —

Omar Mir Seddique Mateen's parents are from Afghanistan, he's probably a Muslim. ('Everybody knows what they're like.')

The victims were at what's called a gay nightclub. ('They're sinners and deserved to die.')

And so on.

Given the circumstances, and scale, of the incident; we'll probably be seeing this in the news for some time. Politicos are already, I've heard, making use of the deaths. That, I am not looking forward to.

My guess is that the killer's father has a point:
"...Mateen's father Mir Seddique told NBC News that the incident had nothing to do with religion, but may have been triggered by the sight of a gay couple kissing in Miami...."
(BBC News)
Instead of ranting about Afghani-Americans, Floridians, or anyone else; I'll repeat what I've said before. A lot.


I should love God, love my neighbors, see everybody as my neighbor, and treat others as I want to be treated. (Matthew 5:43-44, 7:12, 22:36-40, Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31 10:25-27, 29-37)

I've said this before, too (December 13, 2015):

Learning to notice whether something I'm about to do will help or hurt another is vital. (Catechism, 1776-1794)

We're social creatures, so I must think about the common good: which involves using my conscience. (Catechism, 1905-1912, 1928-1942)

That can include situations like the old "friends don't let friends drive drunk" public service ads. It's a matter of showing love and respect for another person. (Catechism, 1929-1933, 2284-2301)

"Love the sinner, hate the sin" may be a cliche, but it's a good idea. (April 26, 2015)
"...judging others leads us to hypocrisy ... a person who judges gets it wrong...because he takes the place of God, who is the only judge: taking that place is taking the wrong place!..."
(Francis I)

"...although we can judge that an act is in itself a grave offense, we must entrust judgment of persons to the justice and mercy of God."
(Catechism, 1861)

"Stop judging, that you may not be judged."
(Jesus, in Matthew 7:1)
More about love and neighbors:


Anonymous said...

. . . . . . . (THE MIRACLE PRAYER) . . . . . . .
(Use the ROSARY to reside this prayer)
The Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

The Apostles' Creed: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He arose again; He ascended into heaven,and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgivness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen

The Our Father: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name: Thy kingdom come: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread: and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation: but deliver us from evil. Amen.

The Hail Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Glory Be to the Father: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

SMALL BEADS: Eternal Father, I offer You the most Precious Blood and Holy Wounds of Your Divine Son Jesus Christ, in Union with all the Masses ever said and will be said through out the world, for all Souls on earth and in purgatory.

LARGE BEADS: Oh Eternal Father, I beseech You, through the merits of Jesus and Mary,purify this prayer and multiply it a million times for the salvation and good of all souls AMEN.
The Hail, Holy Queen: Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley, of tears. Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus; O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT... AMEN. . . (inspired by The Eternal Father Himself)

N/B. . . Pray and share with others

Brian Gill said...

Prayer is a good idea - no pressure, of course - and 'rosary' prayers I've run into are good prayers.

For folks who aren't familiar with the rosary, here's a link to a pretty good 'how to' page: How to Pray the Rosary ( USCCB)

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