Vandals cause widespread damage to historic church in Santa Cruz, California
From Catholic Culture:
Shattering windows and spray-painting statues and other areas of the church, vandals have caused extensive damage to Holy Cross Parish in Santa Cruz.
Founded in 1791, Mission Santa Cruz was one of the 21 Franciscan missions founded by Blessed Junipero Serra and his fellow friars. The present parish church dates from 1889.
Among the items damaged was a baptismal font brought to the area in the late eighteenth century by Blessed Serra.
It’s been reported that police are looking into the possibility of this being a hate crime[?].
Well, ya, it’s a hate crime.
Problem is, police will be looking for flesh and blood perps, but this is spiritual evil– bad spirits active within the hearts and minds of the vandals, of which the perps themselves probably aren’t even aware of. It is on behalf of these hearts, I believe, that Christ cries out to the Father from His Cross, “Forgive them, they know not what they do.”
And they really don’t.
We can help them learn, by offering mass this Sunday for that deep interior conversion of heart called for within the Gospel.