Times of Tragedy: Healing, Helping, and Forgiveness

 

At St. Gregory the Great School, we pride ourselves on being a tolerant, inclusive community. Our community-centric thinking is why this weekend's tragedy in Buffalo has left many of us feeling profound sadness and grief. These families will be in our thoughts and prayers this weekend and beyond. Today and in the days and weeks ahead, we ask you "Lord, look upon me with eyes of mercy. May Your healing hand rest upon me, may Your life-giving powers flow into every cell of my body and into the depths of my soul, cleansing, purifying, restoring me to wholeness and strength for service in Your Kingdom."

We serve God when we serve others. As is often the case in the aftermath of tragedy, we experience the urge to provide help. As one of the only supermarkets in the Jefferson Ave. community, so many people rely on Tops Supermarket for fresh food, produce, non-perishables, and supplies. With the store closed due to the ongoing criminal investigation, people are without a nearby food supplier. St. Greg's WANTS to help. All week long we will collect non-perishables food items in the classroom. We will deliver your donations to this community on Friday, May 20.

As we begin our week, our counseling staff will be available to meet with students who need support since an event such as this, and one so close to home is difficult to process. If your child is having a difficult time with these recent tragic events, please let us know.

News agencies are reporting this as a targeted hate crime. At St. Greg's we do everything we can to promote diversity, inclusivity, and tolerance within our school community. We will continue to maintain a school culture of acceptance and respect that enables all students to attend a safe and spiritually enriched school each day. Behavior that does not match these values will not be tolerated.

Time and forgiveness will heal our despair. In this moment, let us ask the Lord, "Help me walk in righteousness, peace, and joy, demonstrating Your life here on earth. I choose to be kind and compassionate, forgiving others, just as You forgave me." [Ephesians 4:32]