All you can do in the face of such tragedy, such tragedy and loss that it makes no sense at all…is to gather your family and love them. Tell your children, show your children this love. Gather your community and sit in intimate love with all of those people. Reach out to the people in your community who don’t reach out. Help those who need it.
All you can do in the face of tragedy is to be as strong as you can. Go into each day with the assured knowledge that despite the actions of one person, the world is still a good place. There are still kind and caring people everywhere. The world is not a place to be feared and it is not a place from which to isolate your children. Isolation is not the solution to societal problems.
All you can do in the face of tragedy is to find support in your community. Your community can carry far more for you and for your children than you ever could on your own.
All you can do in the face of tragedy is create your own home to be a place of goodness, a place of beauty and of stability. Create a safe and steady rhythm for your days, your week and your year. Go back to the wisdom of earlier times, to those who knew the cosmic rhythms, knew the liturgical rhythms, and knew the rhythm of man himself in life.
All you can do in the face of tragedy is to love your children with all your heart. Heal your childhood wounds. Do not pass these onto your children. Tame your words, and take a break if you need it in order to tame your words and actions. Yet, at the same time, be easy on yourself and on those around you. Life is not perfect, people are not perfect. And yet we are all still here and we can all love one another.
All you can do in the face of tragedy is to lean on your God when you cannot walk yourself. Tragedy faces men, yet we rise up in triumph. Tragedy faces us, yet we persevere. Tragedy faces us, yet we remain strong. Tragedy faces us, yet we create anew.
Rise up. Love one another and start from the most precious place one can start – our own homes and families. Let our light branch out to the rest of mankind.
Mourning tonight with the rest of the world,