Let me share with you a letter that our parish staff sent to Rabbi Jeff Goldwasser of Temple Sinai in Cranston:
Words cannot express the emotions that we felt when we heard of the senseless attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The deliberate extinguishing of human life is always heinous, but that it was carried out in a place of worship compounds the evil.
Our particular parish has made a special effort to pray for the victims and their families this past weekend and offered the Vesper Service of the “Office of the Dead” on Monday evening, which meditates in a particular way on Psalms 121 and 130.
Please share with your congregation our commitment to eradicating any forms of hatred based on race, color, or creed; especially anti-Semitism in all its forms. We also wish to express our solidarity in prayer and fraternity with the Jewish communities of Cranston and all of Rhode Island.
Many people say that “thoughts and prayers” don’t work. When that sentiment is used as a cliché or a throw away sentence, then it certainly is useless. When we do keep people in our thoughts, it helps us to keep them in mind. We cannot forget to care for our brothers and sisters. It also helps us remember that violence is not the norm. And prayer ALWAYS works! It changes minds, it softens hearts, it converts people to God. Whenever you say that someone is in your “thoughts and prayers”, make sure you mean it!
PS: Come join me Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3PM at Holy Apostles for the Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer service. I know it will mean a lot to our Jewish brothers and sisters who will be attending.