Matthew 18: At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the man by whom the temptation comes! 8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin,pluck it out and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.It is a terrible tragedy and a grave injustice when someone murders, especially an young child. Rightly so does the crowd rise up in anger. Society is not looking at it from the right angle, however. We naturally want to know why it happened. I posted on the problem of evil earlier (HERE). God allowed it to happen for reasons that will not be made known to us until we attain the beatific vision, and remember that all of Christianity in some ways touches upon the problem of evil, most especially the suffering of Christ on the Cross which is tied to evil and its consequences and is a redemption for our sins.
Now, people are talking about what was a proximate cause of the event. Gun control is naturally going to come up. But the Archbolds over at the Creative Minority Report tweeted this:
If your first instinct today was political, may I suggest that you are part of the problem and not the solution..Bingo. America is in a grave spiritual crisis. Dr. Taylor Marshall over at Canterbury Tales gives a short and to the point account.
Can we ask our bishops in union with each other to consecrate this country to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary?
Also, Father Z had a post on good confessions. GO TO CONFESSION. You don't know when you will draw your last breath.
Another thing that bugs me: the spiritual ill that America is in- 54 million abortions later...-affects all of charity. There are people who don't want the shooter to have a funeral. Well, it would be wrong to prevent him from having a decent and proper burial. Also, he needs our prayers as well. Kyrie eleison....(Corporal and spiritual works of mercy...). We as humans are not competent to judge the state of his soul nor the gravity of his offense. I mean for all we know he could have had zero control of his faculties, and thus be morally incapable of committing a mortal sin.
May the deceased be welcomed into Paradise.