Sometimes darkness arrives at 9:30 in the morning. A huge, horrific darkness that has covered the whole country, if not the world. Twenty-six innocent lives lost. Scores of grieving families who are in shock, grief and fear.
We pray for them. We pray for all children. We pray that we may all find the divine hope to get us through our own shock, grief, fear and anger. We pray that the light -- the Advent light which portends Christ's light, will shine through the darkness of the world and into our souls. And we pray that Christ's light will give us the courage to do something about the world's darkness.