Jul 21, 2012 / 06:24 am
At Swedish Medical Center, where 23 victims of a deadly movie theater attack were brought in the early hours of July 20, lay Catholic chaplain Marcus Ebenhoe is helping family, friends, and survivors.
"A lot of it's just helping people make meaning of what's happening," the lay chaplain told CNA on Friday afternoon. "I had someone who said: 'The person to my left and the person to my right both got shot, but I didn't. Why am I here? What purpose do I have in my life?'"
Ebenhoe is trying to help Catholics, and members of other faiths, make sense of Colorado's worst mass murder in over a decade, which took place during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" at the Century Movie Theater in Aurora on July 20.
Former medical student James Holmes, 24, is believed to have entered the theater through a rigged exit door, wearing body armor and a gas mask. Authorities say he detonated a gas canister and opened fire on the crowd, killing 12 people and wounding 59 before surrendering to police in the parking lot.