Dear God, we pray that you might receive in love the souls of those dear innocent people whom fate and fury took from their families and from our grieving country in Tucson, Ariz. We pray for Gabe Zimmerman, Phyllis Schneck, Christina Green, Dorothy Morris, Dorwin Stoddard and John Roll. We do not pray for "six people." We pray for one person at a time. In your mercy. O Lord, shelter their souls in the world to come and take them close to you forever in heavenly peace. May their memories be for a blessing.
We pray for a full and complete healing for those wounded on that terrible day. We pray for George Morris, Mavy Stoddard, Gabrielle Giffords, Pamela Simon, Ron Barber and all those wounded in body and soul. We do not pray for "all 14 people." We pray for one person at a time.
We also pray that we might inherit a generosity of spirit in not perverting the victims' injuries and their deaths into crude and heartless polemics against those with whom we disagree politically. The result of this manipulation of grief is that we say without saying that our political opponents bear responsibility for this tragedy, when they do not. Only the killer was guilty, and may we still any words on our lips that convey any other message.