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Catholics urged to imitate heroic virtue displayed by the Amish

SAN DIEGO (CNS) — Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony called on the Catholic faithful to imitate the heroic virtue displayed by the Amish of Pennsylvania as they faced the “tremendous tragedy” of the recent schoolhouse shootings. “I was simply stunned,” the cardinal said, “when I first heard about these shootings and these children being killed and critically injured. “But I was more astounded as I began to see these Amish people going about dealing with this tremendous tragedy,” he added. The cardinal’s remarks came in a homily to the Western lieutenancy of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher who had gathered for a Mass and investiture ceremony Oct. 8 on the campus of the University of San Diego. Addressing his remarks primarily to the men and women who were about to be invested into the order, the cardinal recounted how the Amish had gone the very day of the shootings, which occurred Oct. 2, to console and bring forgiveness to the wife of the shooter. He recounted how they had made meals for her and her three children throughout the week, just as they had for the families of the girls who were shot. “That is heroic,” the cardinal said.
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