The saying below was spoken yesterday during the St. Matthews United Church service for 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
We read each victims name a loud and lit a candle. 14 times.
We also lit a candle for other women victimized by violence – Paula Gallant, Loretta Saunders, Canada’s murdered and missing aboriginal women, Catherine “Catie” Miller – as well as one for Rehtaeh and another one for her friend, Ashlee Kearse.
Ashlee’s spirit shown through for us yesterday when we went to see her. They removed the bullet from her neck. She will be paralyzed for life.
Please, if you’re able, help Ashlee’s family via GoFundMe. They are wonderful people and need our help.
[su_quote cite=”Julie E.L. Peebles”]We trust that beyond the absence, there is a presence.
That beyond the pain, there can be healing.
That beyond the brokenness, there can be wholeness.
That beyond the hurting, there may be forgiveness.
That beyond the silence, there may be a word.
That through the word, there may be understanding.
That through understanding, there is love.[/su_quote]