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Be. Quiet.

If you stilled your opinions, polemics, even your cries of mourning and “Lord, have mercy”s – do you think they would be missed?

Of course I understand. You are an American, a problem solver. “What do we do?”, you ask. But you can do nothing; and that is the only response. Do nothing.

Do not spew a reaction, violent or pious. Be – be sad, frightened, uncomprehending. This is proper and human.

Turn off the news; you do not need the details. Do not stand for anyone capitalizing on tragedy. Pray, with your body and your being, inexpressibly – in silence, not in status lines. 

Today we know, as we do not want to know, that there is evil and sin, destruction twisting in and in on itself and hurricaning violence out over innocence. Remember this when they tell you sin and evil are outdated.

Try to forgive, to imagine such desperation. Whether you can or cannot, pray for your enemies, for the gunman’s soul.

What can you do? Go home. Give thanks for the air you gasp. Do not be alone; put aside so many lesser goods and hold those you love to your chest. Reconcile with someone you have forgotten to love, for the sake of all that is holy, let there be less bitterness in the world tonight.

For the redemption of the world, our longing redoubles.
O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight
Rejoice, rejoice,
Shall ransom captive Israel

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