Like all of you, we are devastated by the senseless brutality and bloodshed in Paris last night. It seems the lunatics who are ripping apart the fabric of Europe will stop at nothing. How will we ever end this nightmare of terror? How can this be happening in a civilized world?
As my heart aches for the grief that has descended upon so many in Paris this morning, I look for some comfort in my memories of brighter days in that beautiful city. I always knew I would seek comfort from those memories in times of sadness, though I didn’t anticipate those days would arrive so soon after our departure. Life is so fragile. It is also full of questions that cannot be answered, and evil that cannot be foreseen or even fathomed, bound up tightly with beauty and miracles and grace that are equally mysterious. Let us try today to focus on the latter as best we can, so that we can face tomorrow with hope.