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Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio comforts people outside the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center, where students had been transported from Robb Elementary School after a shooting, in Uvalde, Texas, May 24.


Archbishop Hartmayer offers statement in wake of Texas school shooting

Published May 25, 2022  | En Español

ATLANTA—Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., offers the following words to the faithful in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24:

“Last week, I offered a statement of grief and support to those impacted by shootings in Buffalo, New York and Laguna Woods, California. I am not sure I even have words today. The epidemic of violence and hate in this country is unfathomable. I do not think we can make sense of another mass shooting, and yet, we face a scene of slaughter at an elementary school in Texas.

Many of you are asking ‘my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

I am praying today for the dead; for the grieving; for the lonely and angry and lost.

If I find any comfort right now, it is in knowing we can trust our God who loves us. A God who wants the best for us. A God who told us, ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ If you want to do something, show your love for someone today. Choose to offer light in a dark time. Love one another as God has loved you.”