A Heartfelt Note from Katie

By Katie Kieffer

White House, Flag Half-Mast

Image credit: “Black and White House” by Scott Ableman on Flickr via Creative Commons.

For the past few Mondays, you haven’t heard from me. I had surgery to repair an injury and wanted to update you – many of whom have followed my columns for years – and let you know I still have a passion for the pen. My sincere thanks to all who sent prayers, texts and other forms of encouragement! I’m on track for a full recovery, and hope to return to writing soon.

But bigger than me, I wish address last night’s tragic shooting that left at least 58 dead and over 515 wounded at a country music concert in Las Vegas. A madman-turned-sniper smuggled hundreds of rounds of ammunition, 19 rifles, and two tripods into his room in the Mandalay Bay hotel. Around 10:08 p.m., the sound of gunfire cut through the evening air.

32 floors below, 22,000 people were celebrating. Now, those same revelers were frantically using their own fingers to plug bullet wounds. A few hours later, President Trump would rightly call this tragedy–now the largest mass shooting in U.S. history–“an act of pure evil.”

You and I live in a very troubling time. North Korea threatens our country with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack while, as I wrote in May, our power grid has never been more vulnerable to an EMP attack. Natural disasters have destroyed homes and lives from Houston, Texas to the Caribbean islands. Lone wolves like the Las Vegas gunman are increasing in number and the profile is always the same: a mentally unstable male who goes to a gun-free zone to obliterate human life.

I urge you to pray and to keep hope. We cannot succumb to despair but we also cannot brush away our duty to help our fellow men and women. Each of us can easily take three minutes each day to pray for peace for our country; to pray for our President and Congress; and to pray for our local officials and educators. Every day, each of us can do at least one positive thing (it could be as simple a smiling at a downcast soul) to create peace in our homes, schools and workplaces.

If you’re angry at a family member or close friend, forgive them, and if possible – reconcile in person. Try to love them again, as God loves both you and them. This isn’t easy and I certainly struggle with forgiveness myself from time to time. Yet, moving in this direction is key because there will be no peace or prosperity for a country that does not have peace in its families. Only from peace in our families will we build a solid moral foundation that will allow us to finally achieve tranquility and prosperity in society.

May God bless America. 

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  1. Lodzia says:

    Hang in there, Katie. Miss reading your posts. But take care and make a full recovery first 🙂

  2. Steve Lahr says:

    Dear Katie,
    This article couldn’t be written any better.
    I love it!
    Hopefully you’re not in too much pain. I’m sure you thought of this already, but remember to offer up any big or little sufferings for someone or some special intention so the graces aren’t rendered useless.
    God bless. Hang tough.
    Have a great day!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Speedy recovery, K. Your report on the Vegas shooting makes me take pause and reflect on the enormous responsibility we have as law-abiding citizens. The real tradigity is what the federal LE knew about this derringer individual prior to his cowardly assault and their inability to act for whatever restrictions placed on them. Knowing and doing nothing should be a crime of equal stature!

  4. Micky says:

    Katie I heard about your surgery and praying for a quick recovery. Thanks for your article. It was very good and a timely topic. It is a good time to think about forgiveness(not that there isn’t ever a good time to think about it). It is so sad to watch what is going on in our country.
    I’m glad your Mom was able to be with you in all of this. Big hugs to you and healing prayers!
    Love, Micky

  5. Ron says:

    You are awesome – hope your surgery went well. When you can, when you think he’s right, please help President Trump.

    Best Regards,

    Ron Godlewski

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