Violence has become more and more prevalent in our world. Shootings around the world are reported daily. Yesterday two Roman Catholic sisters who worked as nurse practitioners were found murdered in their home in rural Mississippi. Sister Margaret Held, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee and Sister Paula Merrill, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky. Their bodies were discovered when they did not report to work. The motive has not yet been revealed and their car was stolen. Every report speaks of their gentleness, love for God’s people and their desire to serve the poor. It is hard to wrap ones head around this senseless act of violence.
Let us pray this day for the people they served, their respective communities, and for their eternal rest. May our world come to choose an end to violence and live in peace.
Pat Schifini, OSU