Can We Make Sense Out of Tragedy?

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, or height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

Most of the day today, I found myself reading and listening to comments from people trying to make sense out of the senseless killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  They search their thoughts for some simple answer, some magic pill, and some fast-food solution to this heinous crime.

“If only we had gun-control or at least a ban on assault weapons, or metal detectors at every school entrance,” they argue.   They blame political parties, school administrations, teachers, parents, it goes on and on.

My friends, there are NO “easy” answers; in fact, there are NO answers!  And, only after we exhaust ourselves with fear and consternation, do we realize just how fragile life is.  None of us are guaranteed tomorrow.  This is a point driven home, when young, defenseless children die is such a tragedy.

If you have young children, they will want to know if this could happen to them at their school, or, if this could happen again somewhere else? Tough questions, making for even tougher answers. Be sensitive with your thoughts.

For me, life without faith is life without hope.  Without faith, we have no reason for hope.

In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.  Romans 8:26

Do you believe? Do you have faith? If this tragedy brings us closer to God, or causes us to look at the fragile nature of life, then, we should hold our children and each other closer, and truly love each other.  We can take some solace in that.

We don’t need to make sense out of this senseless act, we need to pray for the families in Newtown, and know:

Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:8

There are some new angels in heaven tonight, wrapped in the arms of our Blessed Mother, under the guard of our Savior, Jesus, safe in that peace of God that surpasses all understanding.  Lord, be with those parents in Connecticut.

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