Many thanks to the Rev. Rebecca Barnes and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for hosting Monday night’s candlelight vigil in remembrance of the victims of the Orlando nightclub terrorist attack. It was an uplifting service that struck all the right chords — just enough dirge tempered with a defiant battle hymn of life, love and belief in the ultimate defeat of hate. Read Times-Tribune Staff Writer Clayton Over‘s account of the event here.

I was there, too, and will have more to say soon. For now, I thank the faith leaders who turned out to proclaim that love and tolerance of others is the best tenet of all religions, which — however different their approaches — exist to bring us closer to God and each other.

I saw God at St. Luke’s on Monday night. He (or She) had at least 400 faces, but this sinner recognized the Creator in each of them.