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“Why would someone do that?”
This is the question my daughter asked when we were finally able to be together (alone) on Friday. I honestly told her I didn’t know for sure, and that we may never know for sure.
As the days have gone on, we have learned that this wasn’t someone who just went in and started shooting because he was mad at his mom. Early reports that she was there and was the target (implying that the students and other adults were just victims in the right place at the wrong time). Slowly we are learning that there is a much broader and deeper story – as is typically the case when something horrific happens.
My friend Therese sent out this prayer by Fr. James Martin, SJ, which I found insightful to answer the other question I’ve been seeing in comment sections: Where was God?
Where were you, God?
We are crushed with grief, God.
We cannot bear to think of so many people killed.
We cannot bear to think of children being killed.
It is unthinkable to us, the worst tragedy.
Where were you, God?
How could you let this happen?
Why is your world like this?
We are sad and angry and confused.
But God, we know that you know what it means to have
A child die.
For your Son died a violent death.
And we know that your Son understands grief.
For he wept bitterly when his friend Lazarus died.
And he was moved with compassion when he saw suffering.
His heart broke like our hearts do.
He cried like we do today.
We know too that your Son raised Lazarus from the dead.
And that you raised your own murdered Son from the grave,
As a sign of the eternal life you have planned for us.
The life into which you now place the victims, whom you loved.
We know that you understand our terrible anguish.
You accept our bitterness and our confusion too.
And we know that your Son is beside us, weeping with us.
We know that you are still with us God, in the darkness.
In our compassion for the families and friends of the victims.
In the love that moves us to care for one another.
In the anger that drives us to put an end to violence,
As your Son tried to do in his time with us.
Most of all, eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
Amen, O Lord, Amen!