By Bishop Paul S. Loverde
On Saturday, Sept. 25, I had the privilege of celebrating the Diocese of Arlington’s annual Blue Mass to honor and pray for law enforcement and public safety officers.
The Mass and reception were held at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington. Fr. Robert Rippy, the rector of our cathedral, also serves as the Chaplain for the Arlington County Police Department.
Setting aside time to pray, in particular for those who work so hard to protect us, is important. I invite you to join with me now in the prayer that I prayed on Saturday:
“We pray for you and your families. We entrust each of you to the Good Shepherd: that He may keep you safe; that He may keep you free from cynicism that can come from seeing so much that is seedy and negative; that He may always keep you aware of His great love for each of you. We pray with you, as well, for your colleagues who have died, especially those who lost their lives in the line of duty. May God protect each of you, and keep you faithful to Him and bring you one day when this life is ended, to the eternal home awaiting you and, please God, all of us as well. God keep you.”
We ended our evening together with a reception in Monsignor Burke Hall – I was happy to meet families and thank the law enforcement officers personally.