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A Time To Mourn

This morning in Newtown, Connecticut, 26 innocent people lost their lives.

20 of those people were young children.  Elementary school kids.


In fact, this is the worst elementary school shooting in U.S. history…the second deadliest shooting after VA Tech.

It’s difficult for me to wrap my brain around how I feel about this…the adjectives I come up with seem so tame:  Horrified. Stunned. Saddened. Heartbroken. Angered.

Why did this happen?  Right now we don’t know.  But that won’t stop the usual suspects from launching into their diatribes about the evils of guns and the need for more laws.

Some of the folks on my side of the argument are busy making the case that this is not about gun control, but rather about evil and that criminals do not obey gun laws.

I would like to take the opportunity to inject a pause into this back and forth.

This argument is an important one.  And like other tragedies of this nature, it heralds a debate we as a nation need to have.

But not today.  Not this day.

Let’s put the debate on hold today.

Instead, let’s focus on those who have lost loved ones. Family members. Friends.

Young children.

Take a moment today to say a prayer for them as they mourn and grieve inconceivable losses.

Then take a moment to hug your own kids, if you have them.  Let them know you love them.

Life is so precious; and it’s a shame that it sometimes takes this kind of tragic event where we witness life being so unnecessarily snuffed out to remind us all about what’s important.  To put things into perspective.

Governor Palin had this to say about the shooting:

My heart goes out to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy in Connecticut today. Words can’t express the horror everyone feels in seeing such evil manifested against innocent children. Nothing could be worse than the murder of innocent children. Let’s all pray for the victims, their families, and the whole nation.

There will be time enough for the debates.

But let today be a day to mourn, to pray and to love.




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  • MarkRNY

    My God, this is as bad as it gets. 

    What I refuse to do is watch the Ghoulish, vouyer media sticking microphones in people’s faces and asking them how they feel. It’s a time to pray, not watch others misery.

    Prayers for the victims and their families.

    • George

      And some of these people who are having mics stuck in their faces are children who have been through this horror!  The media has no shame.

    • Independantminded

      Whoever interviewed that 6 year old should be fired. Who allowed the cameras in the church last night? It was a time to try to make sense and grieving not to have your face broadcast across the world. The media are vultures

  • JanneMyrdal

    Well said Mary Beth!

  • MMB2

    Mary Beth … I think you captured the heart of the nation. You definitely spoke from my heart. There are no words. No rhyme nor reason. Very, very sad. Lifting them all up in prayer.

  • 01_Explorer_01

    "…….Why did this happen? Right now we don’t know."

    It happened because we have a portion of society who is at a level of some sort of mentally illness.  Broken homes, no ethics, no religion or teaching right from wrong.  Instead all they want to do is to get stoned and live off the system and want what others have that they do not.  We of course don’t know the specifics in this case  but in general our society is in decline.  We can all give examples here.  Of course no one will look at the root causes which is the demise of the society in general. 

    The cliff we are going off is more than a fiscal one. 

    • wodiej

      well said.  

    • Independantminded

      You must have more information on this then I do. Not the time to speculate about the causes now,a lot of times these people come from good christian and two parent homes, mental illness does not discriminate

  • Guest

    Bless you, MBH, for leading/guiding C4P with humility during this day of great sorrow.

  • conservativemama

    The loss is horrifying, a pain their families will carry for the rest of their lives.  And to happen at this time of year, incomprehensible.

    The loss of a child hurts you in every way, physically, emotionally, spiritually.  You have to dig so deep to rebuild your heart and soul.

    Let us all pray for those lost, for those that survived, for the families, and for the community that now has this horrible distinction.

  • Isabel Matos

    Thank you, Mary Beth,

    The normal reaction to a horrible event such as the one in CT is to bow one’s head in prayer, and to humbly reflect upon the gift and blessing that life is, to LIFT and surrender one’s spirit in request for God’s Divine Mercy and Healing in the midst of such an unspeakable crime. It is not to turn the tv set on to get involved in a political discussion about gun control, like you said. How crass and void of all depth is that. May God blessand wrap his arms around the littlest angels and the adults who met their fate this morning for all eternity. May they find life in heaven which was robbed from them on Earth.

  • RedDaveR

    Thank you Mary Beth.  Prayers for all the families.

  • ZH100

    Well said Mary Beth  Thank you.

  • Ceejay

    Heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the families at this horrific tragedy, children excited for Christmas to come, now they are gone , just tragic, my heart weeps.

  • GrmaTX

    Lord, have mercy.

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  • amaze830

    This act of violence is terrible.  I pray for all these people.  I hope some politicians will not politicize this incident.  I am really sick and tire of certain politicians always taking a horrible incident and politicizing it.  I am also sick and tire of the voultures in the media sticking a microphone in someone’s face and asking them how they feel about this. 

  • wodiej

    Well said. Prayers out to all.

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  • alohasteve

    SNL Pays Tribute to the Sandy Hook, CT shooting with a NY City Children’s Choir singing "Silent Night"… (touching)..

  • Mary Beth House

     No it’s not.  Today is not the day.  Tomorrow? Fine.  Let’s have it. But today is for the lost and those who have lost.

  • aaron66krohn

    Mary Beth, "jmls1121″ is a TROLL!!

    For evidence, look at his/her posts under the Sarah Facebook thread today!!
    GET RID OF HIM!!!!

    a few minutes later:
    Thank you, Mary Beth!!
    He’s GONE!!!

  • 01_Explorer_01

    Oh goodness…………… you missed the point so your actually part of the problem.  Still ignoring the decline of society and the root causes of it. 

  • Steve_Flesher

    He is gone….

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