Any tragic event brings forward feelings especially fear. Excessive fear can drain our energy and distort our perception of reality. By sharing our fears with someone, we are able to move through the difficulties of our lives. St Paul tells us that real hope comes from our belief that the Lord Jesus has died and risen from the dead (1 Thes 4:14). Gratitude is one of the best ways to deal with grief. Gratitude allows us to appreciate the good things connected to our love ones, other people around us and God.
Here are some suggested questions for reflection.
How has the attack at the Inland Regional Center challenged you in your faith?
Looking through the lens of the Gospel, what message should be conveyed to our children about this attack?
Where have you found hope in the midst of this experience and how are you living it and sharing with others?
Who do you miss that has died? What do you wish you could say? Say a prayer for them.