The senseless and evil violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has shaken good people all around the world. Today we are all united in grief and mourn the loss of twenty innocent children and the six adults who died trying to save their lives. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families who have been touched by this tragedy.
We are grateful and encouraged by the acts of heroism and humanity that are starting to come to light. In sharp contrast to the stark evil that descended upon the innocent, teachers, police, fire, first responders and other professionals worked quickly and effectively to save and preserve life and to provide what comfort they could to the survivors and their loved ones.
No words can take away the overwhelming grief, the unimaginable pain of the families who have lost the ones they loved and cherished most. What may matter at times like this is people coming together in shared silence. People simply communicating through their very presence the love and compassion they feel for those who are suffering. Perhaps Monsignor Robert Weiss of St. Rose of Lima Church put it best, when at a vigil for the fallen, he said: "These 20 children were just beautiful, beautiful children. These 20 children lit up this community better than all these Christmas lights we have. There are a lot brighter stars up there tonight because of these kids."