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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Cathedral prayer service honors victims of Orlando shooting

Story and photos by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the July 21, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

The victims of a mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., were remembered during a prayer service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes on June 20. (IR photo)

Father Curtis Seidel preached during the prayer service. (IR photo)

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in downtown Spokane was the site of a prayer service in honor of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando on Monday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m.

Father Curtis Seidel, the cathedral’s parochial vicar, and Deacon John Sicilia led the service, attended by around 60 people. Music was provided by the cathedral’s choir.

Father Seidel preached on the readings, particularly the Gospel account of the beatitudes, from St. Luke’s Gospel.

“All injustice works against the relationships that we desire and the love of others…. In the face of willful evil, in the face of terrorism, this damage is dealt in exponentially greater degree,” he said.

“It is here that the challenge of love becomes clear. To continue to will the good of the other. This will, this action cannot ignore the injustice done, for while the injustice persists, relationship continues to be ruptured,” said Father Seidel. “This action then must face the evil done full on and seek to overcome it through good. We often call this overcoming, mercy.

“The problem is that evil cannot be ignored, however hard we try. And so to be truly merciful we cannot down play the evil done. True mercy then must be strong, hard, it must be able to see the worst that is done and continue to seek reconciliation. It cannot ignore injustice, for to ignore injustice prevents reconciliation.”

At the conclusion of the service, the cathedral’s bell tolled 49 times, once for each person killed in Orlando. The names of the victims were included in the order of service.

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