STATEMENT FROM THE MOST REVEREND ARMANDO X. OCHOA, D.D. IN RESPONSE TO THE ATTACK ON DALLAS POLICE OFFICERS
Each act of violence places all of us at the crossroads of choice. By God’s design, we were gifted with an interior moral compass to help us through the decision making process. It is gravely concerning that we continue to witness and experience the mounting evidence that our society as a whole has lost its connection with this essential part of our being. We have lost faith. We have lost a sense of who we were created to be. We have lost the divinely intended bond of respect, dignity, compassion and mercy with one another.
We are reminded and sobered by the message in the scriptures: “I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, obeying his voice, and holding fast to him.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20) Let us cling to our God as we pray for healing for the victims and survivors of this senseless tragedy. Let us cling to our God for guidance in how we respond. Let us cling to our God as we strive to set a different course for our society – one that will restore and respect a culture of life for us and the generations to come, from natural birth until natural death.