If you watch the evening news, you surely caught wind of the story of a 17 year old high school student who evidently planned to kill 32 people at Freedom High School, which is located right here in the Tampa Bay Area, where our offices are located. Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said that authorities found pipe bomb-making materials and a manifesto containing the student’s minute-by-minute plan for the massacre, in which he detailed each murder he intended to commit.
Needless to say, parents, teachers, and students in Tampa and around the country were shocked and worried. If that weren’t enough, just days later, a teacher from the same high school was accused of having sex with a 16 year old student at the school.
Both of these stories are very disturbing. I believe that we are only seeing the tip of the iceburg and that as economic and social conditions worsen, we will be the unfortunate witnesses of these societal ills which are rooted in the loss of respect for the human person and human sexuality, the degeneration of marriage and family life, and a general loss of morality. These are the plagues of our time.
I encourage you to join us in a special back to school novena which Fr. Ed is offering for grace and protection upon students, teachers, and parents. Our Lord says that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains and we have HUGE mountains to move. Our prayers and sacrifices can exponentially magnify the efforts that we can effect through our collective work to draw the culture back to God. It is essential.
Please visit our novena link here if you would like to join us in praying.